[gardeners] Lots of oak leaves

Harry Boswell (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 8 Dec 1998 08:34:35 -0600 (CST)

I've begun the annual process of dealing with the leaves of the
second-largest red oak in Mississippi (certified), which overhangs my
front yard.  I've mowed the first two waves back into the yard.  Now I'm
mulching them to add to some perennial beds.  I could add anywhere from 0"
to 24" over the entire bed, and still have some left over (no
exaggeration).  But my question is, assuming I add, say, 6-8" over the bed
as a mulch and sheet compost layer, should I add something else to offset
the oak leaves?  In the forest, you just get layers of leaves, but then
the leaves aren't falling on sunny flower and veggie beds.  Would this
amount of leaves change the pH significantly?  Or overload on one


Harry Boswell                 hboswell@netdoor.com  
USDA Zone 8 (Mississippi USA)
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