Mulching is a natural way to build up soil and add nutrients, but if you let your leaves stay where they fall, they can create a natural habitat for pests and some diseases.

If you put your leaves in a compost pile, you may notice that many are still intact while the vegetable matter breaks down. This is because many leaves that fall during autumn contain a protein that rots by fungi instead of bacteria, causing leaves to take longer to break down.

The best way to make leaf mold is to separate it. Place all the leaves in a large black plastic bag, tie the bag closed, puncture it all over and store it for about a year.

And that’s how easy it is to make a free soil amendment — just make sure you give the pile enough time to break down!

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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