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Q.The use of oak leaves in a flower garden.

Zone 01106 | Seagull added on February 4, 2018 | Answered

Are there benefits or detriments in using oak leaves mixed with garden soil? If so, please explain.

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Answered on February 4, 2018

It is always best to compost the leaves fully before using them in the soil. It can be used as a mulch, but unmulched oak leaves can rot, or even slightly change the soil pH. I would not recommend this. If you decide to do this still, then you will want to add mycorrhizae to the soil to help it break down faster.

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