Recycle Your Leaves

Use them, don't loose them for richer garden soil.

| November/December 2005

  • fall leaves, autumn leaves, leaf compost, leaf mulch


  • fall leaves, autumn leaves, leaf compost, leaf mulch
Fall leaves are rich in minerals and organic matter, and if you throw them away every year you will gradually make your soil less fertile. Here are four ways to recycle this valuable resource on your yard and in your garden:

  1. Rake up the leaves but instead of throwing them away, stockpile them next to your compost pile so you can mix them with grass clippings next summer. This grass/leaf mix makes excellent compost.
  2. If you don't already have a compost pile, you can toss the leaves into a simple circle of wire fencing. Or if you prefer, bag the leaves, punch a few hole in the tops of the bags, water well, and leave them to decompose. Either way, next year you'll have a rich, crumbly leaf mold that is an excellent organic soil amendment.
  3. Shred the leaves by mowing, or put them into a garbage can and chop them up with a string trimmer. Use this mulch in your garden to enrich the soil and protect overwintering crops such as garlic.
  4. Mow the lawn to chop up the leaves and most of them will fall back into the grass and decompose. Let the wind carry the rest into shrub borders where they will protect plant roots from severe cold.
Randee
3/30/2019 9:33:11 PM

A day in the garden fills my spirit and soul. I love being yard dirty. You have got to get on board with lead composting. It is the perfect solution for what to do with leaves and grass clippings. Soil. It's some work, but it's good work. Making something out of nothing.Natural gardener.


Randee
3/30/2019 9:32:54 PM

A day in the garden fills my spirit and soul. I love being yard dirty. You have got to get on board with lead composting. It is the perfect solution for what to do with leaves and grass clippings. Soil. It's some work, but it's good work. Making something out of nothing.Natural gardener.


Randee
3/30/2019 9:27:03 PM

A day in the garden fills my spirit and soul. I love being yard dirty. You have got to get on board with lead composting. It is the perfect solution for what to do with leaves and grass clippings. Soil. It's some work, but it's good work. Making something out of nothing.Natural gardener.







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