Composting Laurel Leaves

Composting Laurel leaves is not an easy task as they contain a small amount of arsenic and they are very tough leaves. The arsenic in the leaves hinders the bacteria etc in the compost heap from breaking down the leaves. The arsenic content is not normally a problem but the compost produced from laurel leaves is often very acidic making it suitable for acid-loving plants such as camellias.

One way to speed up the composting process is to past the leaves through a small garden shredder before composting them and to add some garden lime to the compost heap as you add the leaves.

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