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By Dee C.
Instead of putting your raked leaves out to the road for pick up, put them in large trash bags. In spring, you have ready made compost to use in your veggie or flower garden. It also can be used to refresh last year's soil. Be sure to poke a couple of holes around the bag for air circulation.
I never throw away valuable leaves, put them in your compost pile or compost maker. You can rake them in piles. If you have a shredder on your mower, shred the piles with your push mower, or just leave the shredded leaves that you mulch with your mower on the lawn. It gives great nutrients for your lawn over winter.
Do not throw away nature's finest cover. Use them to cover your plants in ground or to protect your roses over winter.
We have a huge maple tree that sends down it's glory every fall! My husband rakes them into piles, then uses the lawnmower to run over them several times. They break down to little bits and you have a third of the amount to get rid of. They are great for mulch or to put into your soil and take less time to decompose. You can put them, bit of water and some dirt into plastic garbage bags and it will turn into nice soil by spring.
Here is the picture of my hubby mulching the leaves. He's done it about 3 times already. Our maple is so huge, an old timer. We measured it as 75' across so you can see why we get lots of leaves!
By Betty from Cowichan Bay, BC