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3 Things To Do With Your Leaves

Leaves are a valuable resource

Copyright Pam Walatka
Updated July 9, 2018

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.

  1. Leaf Mold Rake or blow leaves into a pile and let them sit until they turn into dirt. The dirt they turn into is called leaf mold and is a wonderful soil conditioner. Dig it into your garden beds as you would compost. The breakdown method is a bit different from compost--it works by fungus instead of bacteria--but the results are similar: soil that contains beneficial organisms and structures from 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 life.

  2. Mulch Rake or blow 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. Also, you can mulch with partially-broken down leaves from a pile you made previously.

  3. Compost Add them to your compost pile. Again, you can chop them up, because they break down slowly, or just pile them on.

See also: Compost Frequently Asked Questions.

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Happy Gardening!

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