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3 Things To Do With Your Leaves
Leaves are a valuable resource
Copyright Pam Walatka
Updated October 28, 2016
Your leaves are golden. Rather than send them out with the trash, keep them in your yard as valuable soil conditioners and mulch.
Here are three things you can do with leaves.
- Leaf Mold Rake them into a pile and let them sit until they turn into dirt. The dirt they turn into is called leaf mold,
and it is a wonderful soil conditioner. Dig it into your garden beds as you would compost. The breakdown method is a bit different
compost--it works by fungus instead of bacteria--but the results are similar: soil that contains beneficial organisms and structures
previously living things. The soil on earth is made of things that used to be alive. You need life to make earth and earth to make
- Mulch Rake them onto your garden beds as mulch. If you are afraid of smothering small plants, first chop up the leaves
by running a lawn mower
over them. But I just use the whole leaves. If you piled leaves last year, use that broken-down pile now and start a new pile for
- Compost Add them to your compost pile. Again, you can chop them up, because they break down slowly, or just pile them on.