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After six months to a year, http://chemiselacoste5.webpaper.co/ - lacoste polo , you will have finished leaf mold. Impatient? There are a couple of things you can do to speed up the process:

Before adding leaves to your pile or bag, http://tiffanyoutletitalia5.webpaper.co/ - tiffany outlet , run over them a couple of times with your lawn mower. Smaller pieces will decompose more quickly.

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How to Use Leaf Mold

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