Best way to remove cold damaged leaves from banana trees

Connie KNovember 30, 2013

I have about 25 banana trees on my property, which I overwinter by mulching with leaves around the base. In the spring I pull off the dead material, and dispose of them. But because of the size of the trees it's a time-consuming activity, not to mention it's unwieldy to handle the large mass of leaves. I haul them to our compost center, but I would love if there was a way I could keep them on my property. In the past I've attempted to divide the work in half by removing the top part of the trees in the fall and the remainder in the spring. But it seems like it's more work that way.

Is there a more efficient way to do this?

Also, have any of you attempted to add the banana leaves to a compost pile? And if so how do you chop up the leaves to add to your compost pile?

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Elbourne(8b)

I usually just ut off the dead leaves with a pair of scissors. I use them to sheet mulch around the base of the plants. Just use whatever mulch you want on top of the leaves.

If you want to cut the stalk all the way to the ground, you can lay those under the mulch as well. They decompose nicely and serve to feed the plants next year.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2013 at 6:13PM
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knlim000(9a)

after you chop the leaves, put them into a vitamix blender to compost it. the vitamix demo guy did it.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 1:36AM
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