I love maple leaves. I boil them and use maple as the base layer, then oak or tulip poplar as the top layer. The maple breaks down really fast, but seem to give the springtails alot to eat. Vivariums set up with maple leaves smell better IMO.
I have a small town park about four blocks from my house. It is full of trees that are hundreds of years old, and all the leaves I could want, for free. Small town park, so they don't care if I'm there stuffing bags full.
Oh yeah, and they conveniently rake them up in huge piles about twice a week. If I get there before they dispose of them, I can take as many as I want. Lucky me.
Be careful for pesticides and fertilizers. They can be on leaves or on the ground. If you dont know if a pesticide was used, I would not use the leaves. I only get leaves off the trees in my yard, and not from the ground.
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