Perhaps you got all your leaves raked up this last fall. Perhaps you put it off and opted to let them stay and settle on the ground because you weren’t quite sure what to do with the mass amounts of leaves. Perhaps you even used a leaf rake, scooped them up, and got them into bags, but the bags are still just sitting in your garage. Leaves are often considered more of a nuisance than a benefit simply because most people don’t know what to do with them. Here at The Amazing Rake, we are experts in what to do with your leaves and yard cleanup. So if your leaves are still sitting around (you know who you are) or you’re already planning for next year, consider the following options for your fallen leaves.
The number one thing you can do with your fall leaves is to use them in your garden beds. If you plant perennials, you know how hard it can be to keep them healthy throughout the winter. Placing chicken wire around your garden beds or plants then filling these areas with leaves to mostly cover your plants can help to insulate them all winter long. In addition to providing ideal insulation from the cold, you’re also helping to provide the plants with added nutrients to give them a boost in the spring as the leaves start to break down. Don’t forget to remove the leaves in the spring as the weather warms.
You know you probably spend a lot of money on fertilizers for your lawn and your gardens each year. Why spend all that money when you can compost the leaves left for you each fall? A fresh leaf compost can help to add vitality to any lawn or garden when applied in the spring. Once you get a leaf and garden waste compost area going, you’ll never go back to using standard fertilizers again.
Leaf mold almost sounds like a bad thing, but in fact it’s something akin to composting. In fact, leaf mold is a favorite gardening product of many English gardeners. Leaf mold is an all-leaf compost that does take several years to truly create, but the benefits are worth it. Use your leaf rake to place all your leaves in plastic bags, bins, or wired areas with a decent amount of moisture then let natural microbes and fungi do the rest. The final product is an excellent soil conditioner that can help retain moisture much like peat moss does.
Education and Play
If you have kids, you know how much fun it can be to make leaf forts and jump in the leaves during the fall. All you have to do is rake them all up into big piles and enjoy a pleasant fall afternoon. In addition to playing in large piles of leaves, fall is the perfect time to help educate children about dendrology, or the study of trees. Take the time to find different types of leaves, do rubbings or preserve them with acrylic. Then use identification charts to figure out which trees they belong to and learn about plant classification!
Every year, we’re sure you have to deal with weeding your gardens. In fact, it’s probably the bane of your existence during the spring and summer, but it doesn’t have to be. Mulching leaves and using them as a ground cover in your gardens is an ideal, natural weed barrier. Along with helping to reduce weeds in your gardens, they also help your soil to retain moisture, especially as the summer heats up.
Your leaves don’t just have to be a bother or an eyesore when you try any of the above uses for fall leaves. Don’t forget to purchase The Amazing Rake to help you with all your leaf related tasks. Shop online today!