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Re: Nemacur (Bill Shear) writes:

>Every year I ask our town to bring me a load of the leaves they have
>vacuumed up on the streets.  Within ten months, this stuff has lost
>two-thirds of its volume and has broken down into chunky leafmould (I
>the English spelling here; "leafmold" sounds suspiciously like something
>spoiled!), ideal for mulching and for mixing into the soil.  Most of my
>perennial beds get about two inches of it every spring (if you put it
>in the fall, you're invinting voles to take up residence).  It does
>and contains no seeds as is sometimes the case with compost. 
>by the time it is black and unrecognizable it is neutral in pH despite
>having begun as mostly oak leaves and pine needles.

>Many communities dump their leaves in a common repository where they
>compost, and you might be allowed to go there and fill up the pickup. 
>in Farmville, you can get a load of leafmould from any municipal
>with a truck, who will be glad to do the shovel work for a very low fee!
>But I suspect some towns would do it for you with a front-end loader
>without charge, just to get rid of the stuff.

In Cobb County, GA, where I live, the county shreds and chips the
Christmas trees, limbs, etc.  that are brought to the dump.  The
resulting mulch/compost fodder is available to anyone who comes in with a
truck and a shovel.  

Lynn Woosley
Marietta, GA, USA
USDA Zone 7/8

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