Re: [gardeners] Lots of oak leaves

Kay Lancaster (
Tue, 8 Dec 1998 08:05:08 -0800 (PST)

> 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
> nutrient?

Pretty high in P and low in K compared to quite a few dry plant products,
but a little high N, high K would balance that nicely.  It's pretty
difficult to shift pH very far from the native soil pH on a long term
basis, but repeated applications can do it.  How about a little lime? 

Lespedeza hay          2.4   0.8   2.3
Oak leaves             0.8   9.4   0.1