Composting Leaves In Plastic Bags: Step By Step Guide

Composting Leaves In Plastic Bags: Step By Step Guide

Leafmold enhances garden soil due to its mineral content. The issue with composting big amounts of leaves is that they tend to appear unsightly.

They also have a tendency to blow away. Composting leaves in plastic bags may help speed up the composting process and keep the leaves together.

Composting leaves in plastic bags

Composting leaves can also be packed in plastic bags and used around sensitive plants to give extra winter protection. The leaves are kept from moisture in bags, preventing them from becoming matted or compacted.

Bags, primarily garbage bags or sacks, are the foundation of bag composting, and the stronger, the better. To keep the leaf-filled bags from rolling around,

you’ll need something to secure them down, which can be as simple as tent pegs or even a couple of rocks in the bottom. A rake is also important for collecting the leaves in the first place.

If you add some nitrogen-rich material (“green” materials in composting parlance) to the leaves, compost will build faster and be more balanced. Lawn clippings, manure, and vegetable waste from the kitchen are some examples.

1# Time Frame

Leaves are not the fastest materials to degrade, especially if composted on their own. The leafmold might be ready in a few months, but it’s more probable that you’ll have to wait at least a year, if not more.

2# Procedure

To enable drainage, ventilation, and decaying organisms to enter, poke a few holes in the bottom of each garbage bag with a knife. Gather your leaves,

mix them with the high-nitrogen material if you have any, then pack them securely into the bags at a ratio of 4 parts leaves to 1 part green stuff.

Add a shovel of garden soil or compost, which should be rich in the microorganisms needed for composting.

If it hasn’t rained and the leaves are dry, water them until they are moist but not soaked. Tie the bags’ tops together, place them in a shaded area of your garden, and walk away.

It is recommended that the bags be placed on soil rather than rock or concrete. This permits animals to move up from the earth while also preventing discoloration from leafmold juice.

How long does a plastic bag take to compost?

Biodegradable plastic bags can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to completely degrade if put in a microbe-rich environment.

Traditional plastic bags, on the other hand, take hundreds of years to degrade completely. The problem is determining where biodegradable bags end up.

What is the best way to mulch leaves in a plastic bag?

Cover an empty garbage can with a construction-grade black plastic bag. Rake the leaves into the rubbish bag. Running a lawn mower over the leaves to shred them will up the decomposition process. Compress the leaves as much as possible into a single bag.


If you need your leafmold quickly, there are a few ways you may do to help it to compost faster.

Adding green materials, as previously noted, is beneficial, as is shredding the leaves before placing them into the bags. Aerating the leaves a couple of times each week provide extra oxygen to the decomposers.