Autumn Leaves

Autumn is here and that means falling leaves. If you live in an area with lots of trees, then you may find your lawn, driveway and walkways covered with fall foliage. While the colors are beautiful, wet leaves can create a safety hazard and it is best to keep your walkways clear at all times. As for those leaves that are on your lawn, you have a few options. You can simply mow the leaves and let them decay to enrich your lawn or you can blow or rake the leaves to remove them.

If you do decide to remove the leaves, we recommend that you take the following steps:

1) Blow/rake your leaves in small piles onto a piece of plastic tarp
2) Drag the pile over to a designated area for composting
3) Repeat
4) Flip the leaves with a pitchfork every week

 

Don’t have a compost area?  No problem. You can easily build a simple enclosure from chicken wire, scrap lumber, or cinder blocks. Make it about 3 feet square, and be sure to leave gaps in the sides to let air circulate.   Once you have piled your leaves into the bin, you can add other compost such as fruit and vegetable scraps, grass clippings, coffee grounds and eggshells. Do this and your leaves will transform into a healthy compost that will nourish your flowerbeds when the spring arrives.