How can I use fallen leaves?
At this time of year (early winter) we might have some fallen leaves that can be put to good use.
Eucalypt leaves can be a bit tricky to break down and a great tip is to mix a tablespoon of Urea into 10 litres of water along with your choice of wetting agent. This mix will assist with breaking down these tough leaves. If you are raking up and putting into the compost, it is a good idea to use this ‘brew’ to break the leaves down quickly.
If you have a deciduous tree (eg crepe myrtle, liquid amber etc) if these leaves have fallen on the lawn, run the mower over them – this will damage the leaves enough to allow microbes to start with the breakdown process.