1500 cubic yard of leaves how to compost fast???

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by lawnboyskc, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Some local farmer might love to have those leaves
     
  2. 35DollarLawns

    35DollarLawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well you gues will certainly laugh but I have the same issue and I have a lot of time in the winter and I took and tried what a farmer told me and it appears to work great, just slow. Last year I burned my pile and and it took a month to stop smoking the neighbors farm this year as the first truck arrived he suggested this and it worked.

    Understand it may be to hard to do in the OP situation as I did it as we went.

    We moved 25'000 cubic foot of leaves, mulched over and then bagged then vacuumed into containers

    He said if I would add 1 bag of 32-0-0 fertilize per 250 cubic foot of debris then over the winter nature would do the rest of the work as long as after our season we would use the vacuums to move the piles .

    We started the season in November, finished just after the new year adding fertilize as we went and at first it took a man about a week to run the pile through the vac's taking it from a long snake type row now it's into a single pile about 24' diameter and about 4'-6' in height. Now all we do is give it a week in the pile and then point the vac's to a new spot and pitch fork it into the vac's.

    Next year I plan to start the season with it in a single pile and keep it that way, it took forever to move the row because I don't have a loader to push the bulk.
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  3. lawnboyskc

    lawnboyskc LawnSite Member
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    i have thought about the worms.

    did you use leaf loader? just run it through it again with the fertilizer?
     
  4. lawnboyskc

    lawnboyskc LawnSite Member
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    just let the worms go? or do they need to be in container?
     
  5. 35DollarLawns

    35DollarLawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    We did . It is an investment with the cosy of the fertilize but I plan to sell it this season or use it in installs and hide the cost. It is not a lot of fertilize when you look at it and after a few wet periods it was melted and just in the pile.
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