Noobie here, question on leaf litter

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  1. Remymartin

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    I was wondering, where do you guys and gals get your leaf litter from? I tried using the search function.
     
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    This time of year is perfect for collecting fallen leaves, in fact going out this weekend to load up on oak leaves.
    Have been very satisfied with prior purchases from greenoasis and jungle jewel exotics
     
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    Do I have to bleach them?
     
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    I'm not planning on it, or am I boiling them.
     
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    I guess you are boiling them...thanks
     
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    Sorry type-o
    Meant to say 'nor am I boiling them'.
     
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    Just like that, in the vivarium.
     
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    Not planning on using them for sometime as I still have plenty left over still.
    Once completely dried, gonna place them into a sealed garbage bag.
    Then use as needed
     
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    Dudeee....your setup is soo clean....what did you use for the background?
     
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    Cork mosaic background, spyra sheets cut to size over top of black great stuff foam.
     
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    I use beech leaves dried don't have to boil or do anything with them just make sure the tree hasn't been sprayed with any pesticides. Other leaves break down faster Oak and Beech have waxes in them that keep them around longer and now they are all free. Collect and dry them keep them in a bag as said above but I wouldn't seal the bag as if there is any moisture in there they will rot. A paper bag is best in a dry spot.

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    Thank you!
     
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    Do the leaves have to have fallen to the ground first?
     
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    No you can pick them from the tree if you need some right away but if you can wait Mother Nature will do all the work for you drying the leaves. :) If you do pick the green leaves best to snip them off as they still maybe strongly attached to the branches and you could damage some branches pulling them off so best to snip them off.

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    If I do snip them from the tree, how would I dry them?

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    You can leave them out in the sun on a table if you have a backyard if not on a table in the house or on a spare bed or on the floor in a spare room but maybe put a sheet or newspaper down first so no sap will run on the surface they are put down on.
     
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