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Q.Can I Use Dead Leaves From Trees That Have Had Fungal Or Bacterial Problems In My Compost Piles?

Zone zip code 22406, gardening zone 7A | Carol Young added on October 21, 2023 | Answered

The general consensus is that you should NEVER put diseased plant material in a compost pile, but we are deluged with fallen leaves every year. Is there any way to kill the fungus or bacteria to make it safe to use them in a compost pile?

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Answered on October 23, 2023

This topic is highly debated. As long as certain conditions are met, you can compost diseased leaves. Often, it is advised to avoid composting diseased leaves, since satisfying all of the requirements during composting is going to be considered somewhat difficult.




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