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Soil Management

Mulch and leaf litter

Leaf litter gets mixed together in the mulch. Should it be turned into the soil or removed and replaced?

Leaf litter acts as a very nice mulch and will decompose along with other types of organic mulch over time. It can be left in place when you replenish your mulch; this is generally done on a yearly basis or as needed.

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