Posted: 28/10/2017 at 20:38
I add lots of shredded laurel and ivy to my compost heaps and it all breaks down just fine. The thing to be careful of is when actually shredding the laurel as the sweet smell is indeed caused by plant cyanides which are released when the leaves are damaged, so don't take huge lungfuls and shred so you are standing upwind. Once shredded, all plant chemicals are broken down by the composting process and the resulting compost is, well, simply compost. There is a similar myth about rhubarb leaves. They are in fact a suberb addition to a compost heap.