Leaves are Gardeners’ Gold
Fall has arrived and the trees are shedding their leaves and saying goodbye summer; which means that autumn is not just in the air but on the ground as well. All about us signs of the fall season abound but none is more obvious than bare branches and leaf strewn lawns.
Raking up leaves is a time honored fall tradition and an important one, when leaves pile up they can ruin the lawn as the lack of sunlight and oxygen damages the grass. We all know that fall brings raking and bagging by the bushel but before you fill up yet another lawn bag with leaves think about using them in the garden instead. Here are a couple of tips that will leave you smiling:
1. Using a rake is the most environmentally friendly way to take away leaves. Rakes are
inexpensive, noise free and are kind to the planet and an added bonus is raking is a good
3. Use raked up leaves for composting; the leaves will need to be shredded so that they can be
broken down in the composter more efficiently; the same goes for making mulch. You can
use the lawn mower to shred them, then simply place them in a wire bin and they will begin
making their magic. Do not forget to turn the leaves frequently so the aeration process keeps
working and in one to two years you will have top of the line compost that can rival any store
4. Shredded leaves make excellent mulch. Simply place the shredded mulch around plants
and shrubs and they will be protected from the cold earth in the winter. Take care not to
pile too much around delicate perennials or they may get root rot.
5. Beware the fun factor when raking up leaves, kids find the urge to jump in a
giant leaf pile almost impossible to fight. So go ahead, grab a child’s hand and leap.
Leaves have been called gardeners’ gold and if put to good use they certainly do turn into treasure.