Pruning shrubs? Shred it
Now is the time to start tidying the garden and pruning or cutting back some of the shrubs that have enjoyed a good summer. As a composter I find that cutting back shrubs which are still in leaf and shredding the pruning’s will give me a mixture of shredded leaves with a small amount of wood chip. It means that I can shred leaves such as those shown, from an ornamental elder, that I could not otherwise put through the shredder. It also makes a red layer in the compost bin, until I aerate it.
I have more information on leaves and leaf mould on www.carryoncomposting.com