Use Fallen Leaves for Carefree Compost

Yesterday I started the annual celebration of breaking my autumn leaves and raking them in my beds. It’s a process I’ve been going through for years and the results have been just awesome. In the repeated years of this practice, my old Georgian red clay beds are now the epitome of an almost perfect soil. I call it “Land of Television”, but in short, you can dip your arm in it relatively easily. It’s such a simple and effective thing to do for the health of your garden beds, I don’t know why more people don’t do it. In fact, I crunch at the sight of perfectly good leaves stacked along the road, or even worse, in garbage bags, for an easy trip to the landfill!

My process is as follows:

Collect the leaves on the lawn or mowing area.

Mow them with your mulching mower. You can use the fastening of the bag, but it will really be a laborious process since the bag will be filled in a matter of seconds.

Collect the crushed leaves in your beds or leave them on your lawn to decompose and feed your soil. (Numerous studies document the benefits of leaf mulch on lawns).

Is it easy? Now I have to admit, I promised to remove my carbon-emitting gasoline lawnmower, and I have it now for a few years. However, this is the only time I have to dig it out of the hangar and put it into operation. As much as I want to use my battery mower, the drain on the charge makes it quite inefficient.

But this super-strong leaf blower I used to make use…it he’s still in the shed. Although strapping this baby on the back would allow me to work quickly when I direct the jagged leaves to the beds, I had better come to the compromise of not using the fan, and I get the benefits of a good exercise on a beautiful autumn day.

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