After this past week with incredible temperatures hopefully you got the last of your gardening done, but you might be asking yourself: What do I do with these tree leaves all over the ground?
Great question and here at Dunvegan we have a few options:
- Use the lawnmower and go over them, it chops them into finer, smaller pieces and as the leaves decompose they release nitrogen for the lawn. Lawn food. You must chop them into finer pieces because left whole the leaves are too heavy and they could smother your lawn.
- You could leave them whole and use them as mulch over other plants. Ideal for covering and giving a layer of protection to strawberries, raspberry or blueberry roots or a covering for perennials.
- Compost them. If you mix the leaves and the grass cuttings those 2 things will produce a fine mulch to add to the garden next spring. Just layer the 2 – use approximately 3-4 inches of leaves and then a layer of grass clippings then leaves, then grass – you get the idea.
- Add them to the soil – dig some leaves into your soil – it will give it a boost and provide great living conditions for earthworms.
If you have no leaves go check out the neighbours yard, I’m quite sure they will share with you!