Leaves. They are everywhere at the moment. Driveways clogged, grass covered and gutters cluttered with the dry old leaves from looming trees.
We see it all the time at Independent Tree Services, especially as we continue on into the hotter months of the year.
However, what many of you don’t realise is that the tree leaves that accumulate in and around your garden represent a valuable natural resource that can be used to provide a good source of organic matter and nutrients – such as in compost for your garden.
You can, and should, take advantage of this annual dropping in your garden.
Leaf Management – Mowing
A light covering of leaves can be mowed, simply leaving the shredded leaves in place on the lawn. This technique is most effective when a mulching mower is used. In fact, during this time of year when there are only a few small trees in your garden, this technique is probably the most efficient and easiest way to manage leaf accumulation.
Leaf Management – Mulching
Mulching is a simple and effective way to recycle leaves and improve your landscape.
Leaves can be used as mulch in vegetable gardens, flowerbeds and around shrubs and trees. As an option to raking, a lawn mower with a bagging attachment provides a fast and easy way to shred and collect the leaves. Leaves that have been mowed or run through some other type of shredder will decompose faster and are much more likely to remain in place than un-shredded leaves.
Leaf Management – Composting
In addition to leaves, other yard wastes such as grass clippings, weeds, small or chipped trees and garden plants can be composted.
Compost can be used to:
• Enrich the soil by adding a natural source of nutrients.
• Loosen tight, heavy soils.
• Help sandy soils retain moisture and nutrients.
• Add to potting soils for container grown plants.
• Mulch around landscape plants.