Make the most of this spring season by making compost from dry leaves at home. Read on for a step-by-step guide.

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The spring season is just around the corner and the streets and nature are filled with dry leaves and branches. This season marks the end of winters and gives way to beautiful new leaves and greenery, creating a beautiful landscape. With that many dry leaves, you can make compost out of it and use it forever.

Compost is made from plant materials such as grass, dry leaves or plant residues that can be broken down. Compost can help enrich the soil, retain moisture, suppress plant diseases, and filter out harmful pests. Composting reduces the need for chemical fertilizers. Here’s how you can make compost from dry leaves.

How to make compost from dry leaves: step-by-step guide

Step 1: Gather the dry leaves in your nearby park or area as needed.

Step 2: Leave the leaves in the sun until there is no moisture in them.

Step 3: Now mash the dry leaves or turn them into powder as thinly as possible. You can also use a lawn mower if available. After chopping, put half the amount in a bucket.

Step 4: Now put a layer of cow dung in the bucket. Alternatively, you can use a remix that is in line with the market. Let the manure or powder sit for 8-10 days to allow the microbacteria to do their job.

Step 5: If using cow dung, stir the mixture once a day for 8-10 days. It helps in the decomposition process. Skip the stirring if using a remix powder.

Step 6: After about 8-10 days, the mixture releases some water. It means you are doing it right. Now add the remaining shredded leaves in the mixture, each of them of poor quality for the next few days.

Step 7: After 2 weeks, you can add vegetable and fruit bowls and leftovers to the compost mixture in the bucket. When the bucket is half full, don’t forget to close it with a lid and switch to a second bucket if you need to make more material.

Step 8: Let the bucket stand for about 3 weeks and start the same process with the 2nd bucket. When the second bucket is full (about 3 weeks), the compost in the first is ready.

Step 9: Your fresh homemade compost made from dry leaves is ready to use. Use it in your garden and make it healthier and more beautiful.

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