Posted: 10/11/2016 at 16:26
I 'shred' leaves through the lawnmower (see Fairy's response) and pile them up in those nice tough cubic metre builders' dumpy bags. I add some grass clippings per Bright Star's suggestion and keep the whole lot nice and damp. When I think on I give things a bit of a stir round over the winter.
All gets left until next spring by which time the leaves have started to break down. Then I start adding it in 4" layers to the compost bins. It is an ideal 'brown' layer to mix into the vast quantities of 'green' material (mostly grass cuttings) produced in spring and summer.
By autumn I usually have good quality compost ready for soil conditioning / mulching.
It's not leaf mould as such - but I don't have the space to wait for 6 cubic metres of leaves to rot down over 2 years. I also found that black bags didn't work in my garden - 'small creatures' had a habit of burrowing into them so they just fell to bits when time came to move them.
Last edited: 10 November 2016 16:27:31