As we enjoy the changing seasons and the vibrant colors that come with autumn, we prepare ourselves for cooler temperatures and the raking and gathering of fallen leaves. For gardeners, this doesn’t mean an added chore, but actually a beneficial moment for improving and preparing our gardens for winter. There are many uses for those discarded leaves, and below are a few common ones.
- Compost: Mow the leaves and place in the compost pile. It is easy to shred the leaves with a mower.
- Leaf mold: This is a pile of leaves and soil that sits for about a year, and then is added to the compost. It helps with nutrients and soil-building.
- Storing: This is a method of keeping all the leaves in a pile and using them to add to the compost when brown material is needed.
- Mulch: Mulch retains moisture, controls temperature of soil and limits weed growth. Leaves also add nutrients and brown material as time goes on.
Let’s take a look at using autumn leaves. Mulching is one of the easiest and most beneficial methods of using autumn leaves.