greenqueen wrote:I can never wait long enough for the leaves to make leafmold. I just wish they would last a bit longer as mulch. Maybe I have to put a thicker layer down.
Luckily, I saved 20 full bags of oak leaves from my moms house. Have to shred them up and have some fun!
Are there Magnolia trees in Chicago? Not sure if they will survive your winter temperatures since I'm only familiar with them in the south.
When I was a kid, I lived in a house that had 2 huge Magnolia trees on the property. I'd rake those leaves and pile them up and it took forever for them to decay unless they were shredded, and shredding them made for an interesting aroma I can still smell if I close my eyes and think about it.
My mom got tired of me piling them up and told me to bag them for the trash. You would not believe the amount of cockroaches a pile of Magnolia leaves attract in New Orleans. And I'll leave you with that mental image.