Tired of Bagging Fall Leaves?

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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