As much as we’d like to believe we can hibernate during winter and rid ourselves of landscaping chores until spring, the leaves remind us otherwise.
Leaves can seriously damage the health and appearance of lawns. At a minimum, they can cause thatch and dead patches as new grass attempts to emerge in spring.
Even when motivated to rake, some of us don’t know what to do with the leaves once they are piled and bagged. Luckily, dead leaves are loaded with nutrients and can be used as organic mulch and compost in your gardens and beds.
Mulch is a necessary component for protecting plants against winter weather while also preserving moisture and nutrients.
This will help provide maximum protection for plant roots and bulbs.
This is not the same compost as you’ll achieve in a composting bin since the leaves will not have time to completely decompose in only a few months, but the process begins nonetheless.
While planting, move leaves to the side and then push back in place to continue composting as well as help maintain soil moisture and summer weather protection.