Dread the fall because it means raking dead leaves? Here’s a tip—turn them into compost. If you are fortunate enough to live in a wooded area, you can simply leave the fallen leaves where they are. Trees need leaf liter to help enrich the soil’s nutrients and quality to allow for healthy root growth. Leaf mulch is dark brown and decomposes slowly to release nutrients to plants. For your own compost bin, Experts suggest a 3” by 3” container made of material of your choosing. Include green and brown plants—green for nitrogen and brown for carbon. Be sure the pile stays about as moist as a rung-out sponge, turn the pile over every week or two to allow for air to reach the materials and speed up the decomposition process so that you will be ready for Spring 2014.