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5 tips on what to do with fallen winter leaves

Posted on: December 18th, 2017

If you’re a homeowner who just loves a well manicured garden - lawns flawless along with your flowerbeds, dead winter leaves can be an unsightly nuisance. Before you head out into your garden to sweep them all up and place them in your wheelie bin, it’s definitely worth a thought about the benefits these leaves can have on your own garden. So here’s what we recommend you do with your winter dead leaves:

While dead leaves can be an unattractive, scruffy mess, they can also become a natural fertiliser, feeding your garden soil with all the necessary and essential nutrients to enable it to grow - all completely free of charge!

Many individuals fear leaving heaps of dead leaves scattered on your lawn or flowerbeds for the duration of winter where they cover the ground, then acting as a barrier to prevent rainwater from getting to where it is needed. But the answer isn’t necessarily removing them all entirely.

A huge heap of leaves will in the long run decompose yet this can happen gradually and it could influence growth in the meanwhile. This process however can be sped up by shredding the leaves, this then lessens the volume. This then gives your garden the benefit of decaying leaves without any of the risks.

These five tips are a good way to deal with your dead winter leaves:

1. Lawns

In the event that you have loads of leaves on your lawn, rake them into low heaps and then mow over the small heaps a number of times with preferably a mulching mower. These shredded up leaves can be left to stay for the whole term of winter as a course of nutrition for your lawn.

2. The vegetable patch

Specialists agree that leaves which fall on an empty vegetable patch can stay set for the whole winter. But in spring, it’s generally advised to then turn them under to accelerate decomposition so all the important nutrients are then released into the soil.

3. Hard surfaces

For security reasons, it's vital to expel dead leaves from hard surfaces, particularly those which are strolled on by individuals. Wet, decaying leaves can turn decking, yards, pathways and tiles into a skating arena. The most ideal method for lessening the hazard is to expel the leaves as and when they fall. Leaves can likewise make wooden surfaces decay, giving another important reason to remove them. Don’t forget though, these leaves can still benefit your garden if they are composted.

4. Flowerbeds

Decomposing leaves can be super beneficial to flowerbeds as long as they are shredded and turned into a natural, organic mulch. Mulch will not blow around quite as much as whole leaves, and will eventually turn into compost, putting all the good nutrients into your soil. If aesthetics is top of your list, then you can apply cover soil with shredded leaves first before applying a top layer of bark mulch. Keep the total mulch layer to less than three inches.

5. Make a compost heap

In the event that you have more fallen dead leaves than you comprehend what to do with consider making a compost heap which will give manure to use in spring. Start by clearing leaves into a major heap, off of your main walk way. Utilise the garden hose to dilute or allow the heap access to water. This will produce soil decomposing fungi and microbes which will transform the leaves into leaf mold. By spring, the heap will have contracted and the leaf mold will be pretty much ready to apply over your beds and trees – certainly saving you money on a fertiliser.

We do hope this articular on what to do with fallen winter leaves is helpful. If you do have a question, then please don’t forget to ‘Ask Matt’ a question.

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