Leaf recycling

Do you have copious amounts of fallen leaves in your garden and wondering how to dispose of it? Leaf recycling is the perfect way to clean up your garden and do your garden some good; leafmould is a nutrient-filled compost that does wonders for your garden and plants, and it’s made from fallen leaves! Find out about leaf recycling with advice from Essex turf grower and supplier, Paynes Turf.


Leafmould is the name of the product that’s produced from recycling fallen leaves. It’s a nutrient rich peat substitute that can be used as a soil conditioner or improver. When used for this purpose it will increase the water holding capacity of the soil, keeping plants fed, and helping them to retain moisture for longer.

Benefits of leaf recycling

  • It’s free
  • It recycles a waste product
  • It’s eco-friendly

 How to recycle leaves

  1. Collect the fallen leaves from the lawn into a black bin bag
  2. Sprinkle water into the bag to moisten the leaves
  3. Loosely tie up the bag
  4. Punch a few holes into the bag to allow for air flow
  5. Store for up to two years to allow the leaves to decompose

If you have a particularly large amount of leaves then you may want to build a longer-lasting and more substantial composting bin. Use chicken wire and stakes to construct a box type structure and fill with leaves. The chicken wire will allow the air to freely pass through and the rain will keep the leaves moist. Simply turn the leaves every so often to aerate.

How to use leafmould

Spread around the crowns of annuals and perennials to help the plants retain moisture during the warmer months.