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?
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.
The lawn service I use took a soil sample and they recommend putting out compost for $550.00 and Sulfur for $71.00. Just wondering how much good it will do since I live in an old neighborhood and most of the neighbors do well to keep the grass cut. I am 75 years old and putting it out myself would be a challenge but if I decided to try what type of compost is best? I have a Charleston lawn and live on James Island so very sandy soil. Thanks for your advice. Sincerely, Linda Lee
This can last around a year, usually. If you are ok with a lawn that isn't perfect, then you can get away with doing so every two or three years. It would not harm the lawn, but wouldn't give it as full of a look.
You can always test the nutrient levels and pH yourself, or professionally.
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