Your leaves provide a lot of value and nutrients to your garden. If anything, don't just rake your leaves only to discard them afterward. Dead leaves have a myriad of purposes and can enhance the appearance of your home. Scoop and grab the leaves to use them for a sustainable and free garden treat.
The dead leaves provide a source of organic matter for your garden. When saved for the spring season, they help the soil grow and makes it easier to cultivate your plants. Read this guide so you can preserve your garden and use the leaves to help it survive.
Leaf Mold doesn't sound great at first, but it does wonders for your garden's soil. It gives off a compost-like result that occurs when the leaves begin to decompose. Because of leaf mold, it helps the forest give off an earthy smell.
While your leaf mold won't create nutrients in the soil, it does improve the overall structure of the soil. As a result, leaf mold increases your soil's holding ability. Additionally, it attracts beneficial, and useful organisms such as worms to help improve the health of the soil.
Leaves are the perfect carbon ingredient for your compost. Layer your leaves in between the "green" garden debris you find. While you can shred the leaves for faster decomposition, it's not required.
A compost bin or pile isn't required either. This is because many city and town waste disposal sites will compost the leaves for you. Your local waste disposal site will place the final product out for the residents to avail themselves during the next spring.
Also, if you find yourself with too many leaves to work into the compost pile without ruining the balance, you'll have to Save your leaves for spring, when there are more green ingredients available.
Leaves are used to insulate plants or cold storing your vegetables. To add a few extra layers of protection for your planted containers or plants, circle the area with some wire fencing and place the leaves around the area. When spring season starts, rake the leaves and place them inside of the compost.
Remember, you can place your leaves somewhere for the next growing season. If you own a storage basement or a root cellar, dry the leaves to layer the vegetables in. Doing this will ensure that your plants easily last throughout the winter.
You can place your fall leaves in the soil. The soil always needs to be taken care of. Leaves are a better alternative than taking bags of manure back to your home.
This process works best if you start shredding the dead leaves first, but you don't have to. You can spread the leaves on the soil and break them up with a spade or fork. Make sure the leaves are directly in contact with your soil and let nature finish the rest.
All in all, fall is a great season to save your dead leaves for later usage. The leaves emit carbon onto the soil, giving it the ability to remain healthy and grow plants faster. In conclusion, keeping your leaves for the spring ensures that your plants will get a head start and helps your garden grow more efficiently.