As the leaves begin to fall, your love-hate relationship with your rake returns. If you find yourself dreading bagging all those leaves, there’s an alternative disposal method that might be a good solution for you. Fallen leaves shouldn’t be bagged and sent to the trash, according to LocalHarvest. When you throw away fallen leaves, you are also tossing out vital nutrients that your garden, lawn and plants can use. Here are a few tips, provided by LocalHarvest, on how to get more use from those fallen leaves.
Leaves are among the materials that can be used to create mulch. In order to create leaf mulch, you should first shred your leaves. Simply mow over them and then rake up the pieces. You can also use a leaf shredder to do this.
Mulching your gardens with leaves can aid in:
Over the winter, your compost pile does the decomposing work for you, but only if you have the right ingredients. Leaves can help develop your compost.
Trees are a great source of high-carbon materials. And leaves can contain 50 to 80 percent of those nutrients, according to The Compost Gardener. As the shredded leaves sit in the compost pile over the winter, they start decomposing. It doesn’t hurt, though, to turn over the pile every once in a while, if the weather permits, to give the pile some oxygen in order to maintain air movement to keep microorganisms alive, says Wilderness Survival. These microorganisms help with the breakdown of other compost materials.
Your lawn may also reap the benefits if you don’t rake at all. That’s right — leave the leaves! If you decide to fertilize your yard with the leaves right before the winter months hit, you may be doing your yard a favor, according to LocalHarvest. Instead of a rake, all you need is a lawn mower. Just as you would to create mulch, you want to chop the leaves into small pieces.
Advantages to this method include:
So instead of bagging and tossing all those leaves, you may want to try one of alternatives. Your lawn may thank you later.