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leaf mold,

crumbly brown humushumus
, organic matter that has decayed to a relatively stable, amorphous state. It is an important biological constituent of fertile soil. Humus is formed by the decomposing action of soil microorganisms (e.g.
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 typical of forest floors. It is composed of decayed leaves and other plant material mixed with soil.

leaf mold

[′lēf ‚mōld]
(geology)
A soil layer or compost consisting principally of decayed vegetable matter.
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Lots of people put their autumn leaves on a bonfire or throw them away, but it's just as easy to put them to good use by making your own leafmould.
If you leave them for two years or more, you should be left with a rich leafmould that can be used as a potting compost.
Continue to rake up fallen leaves and put them into old compost bags to make leafmould.
n Rake up leaves and keep them in dustbin bags with ventilation holes to make leafmould, which produces a good mulch.
Rake up leaves and keep them in dustbin bags with ventilation holes to to make leafmould, which produces a good mulch.
1) Improve soil by forking in grit, gravel, garden compost, leafmould and compost from summer containers.
Some gardeners see nothing but work but compost produces one of the best soil conditioners - leafmould.
Well now is your chance to turn a chore in to something that's beneficial for your garden - by making your own leafmould.
n Rake up fallen leaves and pile them up to make leafmould -- a useful garden mulch that costs nothing and helps keep the garden tidy and disease-free.
With very few exceptions, rhododendrons must have acid soil with plenty of organic material worked into it, and a good annual mulch of leafmould or well-rotted compost.
All bulbs benefit from an autumn mulch with garden compost or leafmould.
In cold areas give French tarragon, myrtle and rosemary a protective layer of leafmould or straw.