Making Good Use of the Falling Leaves in Your Yard

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado CRE# 40005863

Making Good Use of the Falling Leaves in Your Yard

 

It’s that time again in Colorado when our trees are dropping leaves like rain drops.  My front yard is covered with dead leaves which have fallen from my crab apple tree.  So what do we do with all these leaves other than throw them in the trash?

 leaf mulching

If you enjoy your summer garden, put those dead leaves to good use.  They make wonderful mulch and will work throughout the winter to make your garden rich next spring. 

 

First, rake the leaves into a big pile.  If you have a leaf shredder, use that to shred them into smaller sizes.  If not, run over them with a bagless mower to shred them. 

 

Now that you have a nice pile of shredded leaves, simply cover your cleaned out garden area and work them into the soil a bit.  This is a good time to add a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer.  This will help the leaves decompose. 

 

Now your garden is ready for whatever Old Man Winter brings its way. 

 

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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
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Belinda that's a great idea. Of course we don't have the same thing going on here but I do remember the mulch deal every fall.

Oct 20, 2015 03:29 AM #1
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What is this thing you call falling leaves?  Must be associated with what you call winter!

Oct 20, 2015 03:46 AM #2
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Hi Belinda - Great idea. We generally have a lot more wind than you do, so we can just ignore the leaves - they'll eventually make their way to Kansas.

Oct 20, 2015 05:08 AM #3
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Great advice, I used to do this when living in Ohio. Thanks for sharing & have a great week!

Oct 20, 2015 05:38 AM #4
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Belinda,

Great suggestion, and we have done that with the leaves from our liquid amber trees.  They went into the compost bin.  A

Oct 20, 2015 06:25 AM #5
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Fantastic example for people to follow who have a lot a trees in their yard!

Oct 20, 2015 07:53 AM #6
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Belinda -- I'm reading a lot of posts about leaves.   Leaves falling.   Raking of those leaves.   Mulching of leaves.   Hmmm ---- and people wonder why I like living in a condo.    Happy raking.   

Oct 20, 2015 08:05 AM #7
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I wish I had a leaf shredder.  Placing leaves around the base of vulnerable plants can also protect them from winter freeze too.

Oct 20, 2015 11:22 AM #8
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That is great information for us gardeners to use Belinda!

Oct 20, 2015 11:42 AM #9
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Good morning Belinda. That is really good advice, we used to make mulch out of the leaves for a long time, but not so much these days.

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Well this help brighten some of the sun faded colors on my plastic flowers? 

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Great idea for what to do with fallen leaves.  I don't live in a condo like Michael Jacobs but I rent, so I don't have to worry about these issues.

Oct 20, 2015 09:25 PM #12
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