Saturday, November 12, 2016

Home Grown: Letting Leaves Lie.

Raking up and disposing of leaves is a time-honored ritual of autumn, but are ways of putting them to better use in a yard.

Ecologically, the best way to deal with leaves in the yard is to mulch them where they fall and let them decompose to release their minerals back to the soil.

In well managed turf, leaf drop from shade trees is not always a nuisance that requires raking. A moderate amount of leaves chopped with a mulching mower can be allowed to decompose into the turf.

Leaves are high in nutrients like iron, zinc and copper. They are also rich in organic matter, a valuable commodity for the turf, existing trees and shrubs.

Continued in... Letting Leaves Lie

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