We made good work on Saturday getting in a bit of yard work before dark by blowing and mulching the leaves in the yard. I mowed part of the lawn and added the bagged cuttings to the garden coffin that has become the compost coffin until spring. I am hoping the leaves will help the composting process over the winter.
Hubby got the blower and corralled another heaping pile that he ran over with the mower and added them to my flower beds. To think that last year I did not even consider the leaves as a garden commodity. We ran them over and left them to fertilize the grass, what a waste! This year I am putting my new-found knowledge to use by utilizing every last leave to help in the effort of amending the icky dirt we have in our yard.
Putting the leaves to work in you garden is an easy project. You can just add them to your compost pile, whole or shredded. Shredding leaves helps them to break down faster. You can make leaf mold by packing the leaves in plastic bags and letting the leaves break down for 6 months to a year. The leaf mold mixed with the garden soil helps amend the soil and aids in water retention. Read more on how to use leaves in the garden here.