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Colin Dunphy
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Hello,

I just received a uhaul's truck worth of wood stump grindings, topsoil, and what looks like leaf mold, all from a local tree service.

Im curious what the community would do with the leaf mold looking stuff. I understand it was a pile of leaves on the client's property that the tree service was asked to clear. There are still whole leaves present, but most is small, broken up and black, like a leaf mold. I am only learning about compost and mulch but I believe this to be an early form of leaf mold, maybe year one or two, when I guess it can take three years to complete. I understand leaf mold has a lower nutrient concentration that compost and for that reason, compost is valued more.

I wonder if it is not too late to turn this stuff into compost or if it best to continue it on the leaf mold process? Im planning on starting an oak savannah food forest in spring using a 1 acre long abandoned tobacco field. I need compost but dont want to force a square peg into a round hole/change horses midstream.

Thanks!
 
John Polk
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Please see this permies thread: http://permies.com/forums/posts/list/13602#122031
 
Peter Ellis
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As the saying goes, a forest grows on a fallen forest. Leaf mold is just the thing for your oak savannah plans. And the thread John linked is loaded with good information about why leaf mold is really an excellent addition to soil.
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