Autumn Leaves in the Garden
Leaves cascading down from trees indicate the arrival of autumn. We all enjoy their beautiful colors, but they can also be put to good use in your landscape. They form a dense insulator to protect the roots of trees and shrubs from the winter cold. Mounding them over delicate plants may help them make it through harsh temperatures; just remove them when spring arrives. Decomposing leaves also provide nutrients. Add them to your compost pile or use them to fill plant containers before adding regular potting soil. Shredded leaves make for a great amendment to fertilizer for garden beds, and even the lawn – just don’t let intact, wet leaves stay for too long where they may mold, compromising the health of the grass. Leaves can be broken down with a mower, string trimmer or a shredder/chipper. Leave some so wildlife can use them as nesting material.