by JoAnne Skelly

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April 3, 2012
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'Leaves are a valuable source of all crop nutrients'

I have over 40 trees on my property providing lots of leaves to amend my soil. While I know that leaves increase soil organic matter, improve water-holding capacity and soil structure, I have wondered if leaves provide much in the way of nutrients. According to a research study at Rutgers University by Drs. Joseph R. Heckman, Daniel Kluchinsh and Donn A. Derr (, "leaves are a valuable source of all crop nutrients." They point out that "only a portion of the nutrients are available immediately after application for use by the crop." However, long-term fertility is improved as nutrients are …

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