Fall Leaf Color – Double Your Pleasure

After you enjoy the Fall Colors and leafs fall to the ground. It’s time to double up on the benefits of fall leafs.

Leaves are valuable to the gardener? It’s simple. Incorporate them into your garden soil.
Leaves Add nutrients, including phosphorous and potassium.
Increase the soil’s microbial life.
Leafs boost your soils water holding capacity and improve your soils structure.

Add them to vegetable garden. You can incorporate whole or chopped leaves into any cleared out vegetable, berry and shrub beds. They will mostly decompose over the winter, then in spring you can mix in whatever is left. If you want to see leftover leaves in your beds, shred them first.
DIY leaf shredder. Use a 55 gallon(large) garbage can. Fill it three quarters of the way with leaves. Put the string trimmer in, turn it on and move it through the layers of leaves. Caution Be sure to wear eye and ear protection.

Make leaf mold. Leaf mold is simply wet leaves that have decomposed into a rich, black, soil like substance that makes a perfect mulch for plants. Pile the leaves in a spot where they’re out of the way and won’t blow away, cover with wire if necessary. Or make large 3-4 feet high pile(s) of leaves. Wet the leaves as you go so they’ll rot. Turn the pile a few times during the winter will speed up the decomposition of your leaf pile. Add leaves to your compost pile now, they’ll break down over winter.

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5 responses to “Fall Leaf Color – Double Your Pleasure

  1. Leaves in the U.K. Are just beginning to turn colour at the moment. I think they will be at their best next week. Thanks for your like of my blog.

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  2. A good reminder of what to do with all those leaves!

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    • Grin… After the first cold blast from the north, those folk down in Texas have to deal with my leafs. Raking, bagging or burning is not a task I need to be concerned with.
      Happy gardening

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  3. Great advice! I started mulching with leaves last year when there were so many leaves we didn’t know what to do with them, but I didn’t know about the leaf mold. Thanks!

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