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What to do with your dead leaves

What to do with your dead leaves

What to do with your dead leaves

When trees change to the glorious fall colors of autumn, we all experience a certain wonder … until their leaves fall to the ground.

For many, raking up fall foliage in their yard is a painful chore. But did you know that there are options to raking leaves and that some of them will certainly charm you?

Suggestion 1 – Let nature take its course

The simplest solution and, quite frankly, excellent from a biodiversity point of view is to let nature take its course, that is, to let the leaves in place. They will produce a natural fertilizer.

Suggestion 2 – Shred the leaves so that they decompose faster

In keeping with the aim of creating a natural fertilizer, you can use the mower to shred the dead leaves. However, it is important to know that if the layer of the leaves is too thick, it could eventually suffocate your lawn.

If you have too many leaves, distribute the shredded leaves in your flower beds. This will create an insulating barrier, and, by the spring, everything will have turned into compost.

Suggestion 3 – Make a natural mulch

Put the leaves in plastic bags with slits (holes) to allow them to be aired throughout the winter.

In the spring, you will have a mulch that will prevent weeds from growing in your flower beds and provide the ideal level of humidity thus avoiding the need for frequent watering.

The last option remains, of course, that of compost. Place your leaves in a brown bag or in the compost bin.

Jackie Beaudoin, Leclerc Insurance and Financial Services
Source :  Ici Radio-Canada