I’ve been slowly raking the live oak leaves as they fall, because I know my compost pile won’t see a bounty of browns like this until later this year. Having Spring-molting trees like live oaks gives Lowcountry composters like us a definite advantage, making it easier to maintain the proper chemical balance while our garden waste cooks.
In years past, I would have let the yard get thick with fallen leaves until I mowed them into powder in late March. Not this year – I’m feeding “the pile”. So if you’ve got a compost pile too, join me by not letting those live oak leaves get away!