Alternatives to leaf-blowing

A good DIY helpful hints on what to do with all those leafes nature has dropped in your yard and garden.

Prof Chris Daly's Blog

By Christopher B. Daly

In an earlier post, I laid out some of the case against getting rid of all the leaves that may fall on your land in the fall. This time, I want to explore some alternatives.

1. Do nothing. This is pretty extreme, I will grant you, especially in certain suburbs. It is the first step in a process that would logically culminate in turning your yard into a forest (at least here in New England). The trees on your land not only want to live, they want to pass on their DNA. To do that, they will produce thousands of seeds, and they will also try to shape the environment to favor their own kind. Thus, white pines will drop needles in profusion, changing the chemistry of the soil and physically blocking many of the pine’s rivals. So, if you really do nothing about…

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6 responses to “Alternatives to leaf-blowing

  1. I hate leafblowers with a deep and abiding passion. I always want to yell “Get a rake!”

    People stand there holding these noisy,heavy, polluting things and use them to blow dust around. Every particle of leaf must be blown, usually out to the street, where they can blow around some more into someone else’s yard.

    They should be outlawed.


  2. Thanks for reblogging. Hah! Landscaper. Who can afford one of those these days? =) Our plots are away from any trees, so I had to haul dozens of wheelbarrows worth of them over to our garden. To keep them from blowing away, they were part of our lasagne garden layers, where heavier layers went on top. I wrote about my adventure with leaves and benefits they give in a garden here


  3. We have so many leaves that we have to burn at least half of them, the rest are cut up with the riding lawn mower and put into the compost piles and raised beds. Ellen from Georgia


    • Re Ellen Peavey – Thanks for visiting my humble little blog
      Sad Grin …. I live in a near treeless region of SW Oklahoma. Trees drop leafs in the west wind after our first hard freeze. Then they(the leafs) just disappear with our first hard north wind.
      Grin … Leaf raking is something I have never had to do!

      Happy Holidays


  4. We do gather them up and compost them, takes a bit of time but better than sycamore leaves all over the place!


    • Re lodgehousebandbsomerset – Just my opinion, but I think compost made from leaf litter is one of the best compost that can be had to put on /in raised bed garden plots.
      Happy Holidays


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