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Eucalyptus leaves - leaf mould?

Hello there,

Last year, we moved into a house with a whopping great Eucalyptus in the back garden. At this time of year, it's shedding leaves and we're raking up massive piles of them daily. I've read in a couple of forums that making leaf mould with Eucalyptus leaves isn't good - something about toxins? Is that correct?

If so, can anyone suggest what can be done with them all. Seems a pity to just put them out for the council.

If not and I can use them, anyone got any tips? They're dry as anything and I think will take an age to break down. 

Huge thanks one and all!


  • WilderbeastWilderbeast Posts: 1,415
    Mow them up, load into the compost, and throughly wet them, job done !! If you don't have a compost bin then mow, bag them in old compost bags or similar, wet them throughly, stick a few holes in the bag then leave in a corner. Any  toxins will rapidly break down and disipate before the leaves are ready to go out. 
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,933
    I had a huge eucalyptus. The early summer leaf drop is a pain and I found that the mower doesn't pick them up.
    Some made it into the compost bin, but they didn't break down.
    The method suggested above may work better but I imagine it would be a very long process.
    I put them in the garden waste bin

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