After spending all summer doing yard work the last thing you want on your plate is even more work. But fall is not the time to be lazy. Raking up the mess your trees make is a small price to pay for the benefits you get from them. Fall leaves don’t have to be viewed as litter or trash. They could be looked at as beneficial mulch or fertilizer that your trees are just handing you for free. There are much better and useful ways to dispose of fall leaves than just putting them in bags and setting them on the curb. Take a look at these creative ways to dispose of fall leaves.
The fastest way to turn your leaves into mulch is to use a lawnmower. Just mow over the leaves a few times until they are small enough to filter down into your grass. The leaf matter will decompose and fertilize your lawn. Another method is yo use an agger attachment. Turn the mower on and chop up the leaves as they are collected in the bagger. Trying mowing the first pass without the bagger on so the leaves get shredded smaller. On the second pass use the bagger and collect the shredded leaves. The more shredded, the better. When the bag is full, empty it around trees, shrubs, or gardens. The leaf litter will hold in moisture, prevent weeds from growing, and provide nutrients to your plats as it decomposes.
Start a Compost Pile
When mixed with grass clippings, leaves can work great in your compost bin. If you have space, the leaves can be stored and left to decompose on their own. Other things you can add to your compost pile are:
- Brown paper bags (non-glossy_
- Coffee grounds
- Corn cobs and stalks
- Dryer lint
- Fresh green garden trimmings
- Fruit scraps
- Paper towels and napkins
- Straw and hay
- Vegetable scraps
However, you shouldn’t throw just anything into your compost bins. There are some things that should definitely not go in your compost bins.
- Dairy products
- Meat or fats
- Pet waste
- Plants that were treated with pesticide or herbicide
Create a New Garden
Also known as “lasagna” gardens, these organic gardens are made from decomposing matter instead of digging up sod and rocks. It’s easy, fun, and takes a little bit of time but in the end, the result is a fresh new garden with high-quality soil. The best way to do it is to start in the fall. Find the spot where you want the garden to be and start layering leaves, grass clippings, manure, straw, newspaper, cardboard, and whatever organic materials you can find. Alternate layers until the garden are nice and thick. Over the winter, the snow and ice will pack the garden down and the material will decompose. By the time spring arrives, you should have a brand new garden ready to plant in.
People have fond memories of burning leaves but leaf burning is hazardous and pollutes the air. Only burn leaves as a last resort and only if you have enough land where you won’t disturb your entire neighborhood. Always check with your town or city about burning permits.
Call the Professionals at Land-Art
Now that fall is here it’s time to start thinking about next year’s lawn. At Land-Art we offer aeration and overseeding services that will make your yard pop and come back stronger next year.
Plan ahead and get on our year-round lawn care program and never have to worry about your yard looking weak and thin again.