Shredding Leaves: Videos

When you are shredding leaves, you’re going through the  process of  breaking  down the leaf  into smaller pieces so it will decompose faster and thus be used as leaf mulch in less time than  it would take if  left  unshredded.

There are so many ways you can be shredding leaves in order to create your backyard gold, in other words, in order to create leaf mulch or leaf mold. You can read an in-depth explanation on the many ways you can get your leaves ready for decomposition at
http://supercompostingtips.com/making-leaf-mulchleaf-mold/

Since it’s so much better to see how things are done, I have decided to create a second post where you will be able to view two videos on shredding leaves: one is by using the lawn mower and the other by using the grass trimmer.

In this first video, home improvement expert Danny Lipford shows you about shredding leaves by using a string/grass trimmer and a big garbage can so that the raked leaves will turn into mulch more quickly.

In this second video, well-known New England meteorologist and horticulturist David Epstein shows you how a lawn mower can be used for shredding leaves in order to speed up decomposition.

David Epstein is host of the popular program Growing Wisdom at GrowingWisdom.com , a weekly video show presenting hands-on gardening advice, organic tips and inspiration for gardeners.

If you’re interested in breaking down your leaves even more minutely into tiny tiny pieces, I strongly suggest you use a leaf eater,an electric leaf shredder such as the Flowtron.   Flowtron leaf eater is excellent for shredding leaves to tiny pieces so leaf mulch decomposition is fasterIt can be set up on its three legs, or the legs can be taken off and the funnel part set on a garbage can.

The only drawback with the Flowtron is that I had to be careful not to overfill it with leaves because the motor would then overheat and time was lost while waiting for it to cool down. I had one for many years and had to get it serviced only twice. In both cases it was my fault because I became too impatient and threw too many leaves into the Flowtron once too often; as a result the motor died, and I had to get it replaced. Of course I was using these before 2004, so perhaps today’s little motors has more resistance built into them.

Fortunately replacement service was fast and could be easily done at a small-motor shop. So just don’t be in a hurry and do as I did Stay cool; be patient, and you’ll be fine!

By clicking on this picture, you will see other types of Flowtron leaf eaters and/or get more information:

Now that you have seen how shredding leaves is easy to do,

you can create leaf mulch and use it to

1. mix in with your plantings or potting soil to make it more rich and fertile

2. or to top dress your planting beds as a slow release fertilizer.

If you would leave a comment telling us how you have made out shredding your leaves, it would be greatly appreciated.

Happy Gardening,
Marcie

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12 Responses to “Shredding Leaves: Videos

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    Create Leaf Mulch – It's Easy
    October 24th, 2010 08:03

    [...] When you feel you have a sufficient amount of broken down leaves in your garbage can, transfer the leaf mulch to a plastic bag and choose method a or b in Number 3 to store your shredded leaves. Keep repeating the procedure until all the leaves have been shredded. See the video which explains how to create leaf mulch with a grass trimmer and a large garbage can. [...]

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    Create Leaf Mulch – It’s Easy | All About Gardening
    December 2nd, 2010 23:54

    [...] A gardener for years, Marcie has learned the value of composting and using organic nutrients to replenish the soil. Using leaf mulch is a great soil amendment. Download free ebook The Organic Vegetable Gardening Guide for further explanation on how to grow lush delicious vegetables with amendments such as leaf mulch http://supercompostingtips.com.....-videos/  [...]

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    December 17th, 2010 12:28

    [...] When you feel you have a sufficient amount of broken down leaves in your garbage can, transfer the leaf mulch to a plastic bag and choose method a or b in Number 3 to store your shredded leaves. Keep repeating the procedure until all the leaves have been shredded. See the video which explains how to create leaf mulch with a grass trimmer and a large garbage can. [...]

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    Create Leaf Mulch – It's Easy « Mulch
    January 7th, 2011 02:21

    [...] When you feel you have a sufficient amount of broken down leaves in your garbage can, transfer the leaf mulch to a plastic bag and choose method a or b in Number 3 to store your shredded leaves. Keep repeating the procedure until all the leaves have been shredded. See the video which explains how to create leaf mulch with a grass trimmer and a large garbage can. [...]

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    Create Leaf Mulch – It's Easy - How to Compost
    March 22nd, 2011 05:14

    [...] When you feel you have a sufficient amount of broken down leaves in your garbage can, transfer the leaf mulch to a plastic bag and choose method a or b in Number 3 to store your shredded leaves. Keep repeating the procedure until all the leaves have been shredded. See the video which explains how to create leaf mulch with a grass trimmer and a large garbage can. [...]

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    J.L.Gill
    August 30th, 2011 04:29

    I’m brand new to composting and organic gardening. Thanks for all of the info. It is very helpful.

    I was looking at the Flowtron. Looks like it would be great for doing oak leaves but does anyone know if it would work for pine needles?

    I have tons of pine needles I would like to compost. One site said not to use pine needles but several others indicated that pine needles were okay to compost. Any thoughts on whether or not pine needles would make good compost?
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    Hi J.L.
    You can add a small amount of pine needles (evergreen needles) in the compost; not recommended because these needles are highly acidic.

    If I were you, I would spread the pine needles under your pine trees or cedar trees or any plant that requires very acidic soil. These needles would decompose naturally and provide food for your evergreen trees.

    If you want a a listing of what materials are and are not compostable, you can get such a list in the Kindle ebook section on Amazon. The name of the kindle ebook is Questions & Answers About Composting. Here’s the url:
    http://amazon.com/dp/B006B0CCNG

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