In fall we often have an abundance of leaves in our gardens and lawns. Instead of bagging and hauling them to the local dump, consider a few of these options to get the most out of the great organic matter leaves offer.
- Shred leaves and let them decompose in your lawn or garden. Grind your leaves with a lawn mower to reduce the surface area. Then allow them to sift into your lawn or rake them into your garden for some added nutrients.
- Add leaves to your perennial garden for a beneficial mulch layer. Leaves act as a mulch protecting the crown and root system from winter extremes.
- Leaves make a great addition to your compost pile. Compost needs nitrogen and carbon components to fulfill the decomposition process. Leaves add a great carbon source.
By: Cassie Homan