Friday, October 5, 2012

Let Fallen Leaves Lie - Don't Rake

Probably the most important thing you can do this autumn is add a deep layer of fallen leaves to the garden. If you use oak leaves, chop them up a bit because they take longer to break down and you will get more matting than aerated mulch.

If you have a shortage of easy-to-access fallen leaves, you can always pick up the filled leaf bags from your friends and neighbors. Leaf mulch adds organic matter to your garden soil, protects the roots of your perennial plants, and keeps the soil from heaving if your winters include times of freezing and thawing.

In winter, leaf mulch also provides shelter for spiders, ladybugs, toads and salamanders. These beneficial creatures feed on harmful insect creating a more balanced ecosystem. This means you will have less insect pests eating your plants during the growing season. Read the entire article.

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