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May 24, 2007

Using Fall Leaves In Your Garden

When you rake your yard in fall, don't throw the leaves away in trash bags. Spread them over the garden spot and wet it down. When you till the yard in spring, till the leaves in. It makes free mulch nutrients for the plants as leaves will decompose.

By Dee C.

Keep Leaves from Blowing Away

You may want to consider putting something on top of leaves to prevent them from blowing away. I was able to get wood chips free from a tree service. A scattering of wood chips has done the job. Consider doing Ruth Stout style gardening. She even published a book on the subject. She does not till her garden. She pushes the mulch to the side when she plants and lets it mulch the new plant. Any time she got new weeds, she just covered them with more mulch.

By Barbara

Oak Leaves

Oak leaves are especially good for evergreens, such as pines and even rhododendrons and azaleas.

By Renee

Saving for Later Use

We put our leaves into the dark green garbage bags (heavy duty ones) and then store them at the back of the property behind some bushes for a couple of years. When I open them up in the spring, the leaves have composted and can be dug into the garden.

By Megan

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November 20, 2004

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.

By Rosa

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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

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