Fallen leaves are crunching under your feet. They smell like autumn. The wind moves them, making them dance. Many York communities call a tree care company to take care of the fallen leaves in their yard. You don’t have to make yours anywhere! There are many things you can do when dealing with falling leaves.
How to Utilize Fall Leaves
The first thing is to rake up those leaves. Or, if you have a huge yard, a leaf blower is a simple solution. Today, these are low-noise and lightweight and can do the work quickly.
Serve as mulch.
Leaves make good insulation for root crops stored in the ground. Leaf cover let fall-planted garlic grow without sprouting. Also, mulch stops strawberries from moving during the fall or winter.
A barrier for spring plantings.
Whole or chopped, leaves make excellent mulch for blueberries, ornamental shrubs, and vegetation. They not only stop weeds and aid in retaining soil moisture but since they have no weed seeds, they won’t entice the spread of new weeds.
Create compost to help with the soil.
Mineral-rich leaves work great with mineral-rich grass clippings. Put old leaves near green leafy yard waste or fresh grass clippings.
Leaf mold creation.
Leaf mold is a specific type of all-leaf compost. It entails collecting and storing leaves in wire bins or plastic bags. Keep the leaves moist and let the fungus take over. After a few years, the leaves will become a soil conditioner high in essential minerals.
Make organic nutrients and vital minerals.
The simplest solution. The chopped leaves break down swiftly in spring and bring critical mineral nutrients and organic matter to your lawn. Or, use them as garden mulch.
Help with root vegetables.
If you have a humid, cool spot, you can store root vegetables between layers of freshly fallen, crisp leaves.
Then put a little water on every layer of leaves. If you don’t grow your vegetables, visit a tree specialist who can sell you some root crops.
The most important thing is not to let those fallen leaves go to waste. Recycle them in your outdoor space!