Autumn is a scenic time of year here on the East Coast as tree leaves change into brilliant reds and oranges then eventually fall to the ground, covering entire yards. Although those leaves look beautiful at first, they are technically dead leaves that will start decomposing in your yard if you don’t dispose of them properly. Fortunately, there are many ways you can repurpose these fallen leaves and use their decomposition to your benefit. Read on for several ways to use fallen leaves this season.
Create a Compost Pile
A good compost pile needs a balance of wet, green materials and dry, brown materials. Fresh grass clippings can make for excellent green material while fallen leaves are a good brown material. Finished compost contains major and minor nutrients necessary for plant growth and also improves soil structure. Follow this link for information on composting.
Utilize fallen leaves as a natural fertilizer for your lawn and shrubs. Fallen leaves can act as attractive mulch for your garden, as they suppress weeds and eventually improve your soil through decomposition. However, it is best to shred your leaves first before using them for mulch. Using a mulching lawn mower, you can allow the chopped leaves to infiltrate the lawn’s canopy where they will break down and provide nutrients and organic matter.
Leaves can insulate plants from cold weather. To do this, circle a plant with wire fencing and stuff leaves inside the fencing around the plant. In the spring, remove the fencing, rake up the leaves and use them for composting.
Create Fall Decor
If you are looking for creative ways to entertain your kids during the fall, you can take some of your fallen leaves and turn them into attractive fall decor. Before the leaves lose their color, gather some to preserve. You can do this by ironing leaves between two wax paper sheets, which will seal around the leaves. Then, cut out the vibrant leaves and use them to create original art.
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