It’s that time of the year where many landscape products centers have seasonal leaf compost (often called leaf mold). This is compost made from last fall’s leaves. You remember. All those leaves you raked and bagged and left by the curb or took to the yard waste recycling center last fall.
This is the really, really good stuff for use on ornamental gardens. If you don’t use your own leaves (and those of your neighbors if they are nice enough to hand them over as mine do!) to make leaf compost for FREE, you can buy back those leaves all nicely converted into this wonderful product.
Most landscape products centers have some sort of yard waste compost most all of the time. It’s a combination of all sorts of yard waste aged and cooked to make compost. It’s good stuff. But leaf mold is something special. Many experts say that for ornamental gardens, there is no better compost than leaf mold. It is not ‘mold’. I don’t know how it got that name, but there is nothing remotely moldy about it.
Leaf mold can be difficult to find, and is usually only available in springtime, hence the reason for this post. I just saw a notice at one of my local landscape products centers that they are now taking orders for leaf mold. Put your order in with H&H Wood Recyclers in Vancouver, WA 360-892-2805 See more information at their website.
I’m not solely endorsing this company, though I do buy product there and I do take my own yard waste there (when it’s too much for my compost operation). I just happened to know they sell leaf mold seasonally. If you’re not in this area, call you local landscape products center and ask if they will have finished leaf mold this spring. Most places have a limited amount, and may have a waiting list.
It’s still too wet around here to do much in the garden, but you could certainly top-dress with leaf mold if your garden needs it.