With the arrival of autumn, the fall of the leaves from the trees involves a punctual and usual work for all those who deal with gardening.
Although it is not always a pleasant task, the collection of leaves is often a really necessary operation to ensure a long life to your garden. In fact, in addition to being unpleasant to the eye, the leaves left on the ground can create a habitat conducive to the onset of diseases and the proliferation of parasites.
In most cases, to collect the leaves left on the ground after the first autumn colds, it will be sufficient to use a rake which, ideally, should be made of a light and manageable material (such as plastic or aluminum) and which is equipped with teeth suitable to adhere well to the ground. Other times, however, it may be necessary to use additional tools, to be assessed on the spot based on the size of the area to be reclaimed.
Let’s start then! At the bottom of the article, you will find how to best reuse fallen leaves in your garden but now don’t miss our 6 tips on how to collect them.
10) Do nothing
The leaves that remain on the ground right where they have fallen will undergo a slow and gradual process of decomposition thanks to the intervention of fungi, bacteria, and worms. This natural process will transform them into humus and, as nutrients for other plants, what were once leaves will finally be fully reintegrated into their original environment. No need to rake them put them in a sack or put them in a composting machine; the natural circle will close by itself without the need for human intervention.
9) Use a piece of cardboard
Collecting leaves using a broom may take some time. Fortunately, there is a much faster way to do the same task and all thanks to the help of a very simple piece of cardboard.
Here’s how to do it: cut cardboard about a meter by a meter and a half and use it by pushing it on the lawn to gather the leaves left on the ground. In addition to being a much more practical way than using the broom, it is also fun, so much so that even your children, if you have any, will be able to help you with the collection. Just remember to dedicate yourself to this activity when the leaves are completely dry.
8) No more leaves in the eaves
If there are trees around your house, you will certainly know what we are talking about. Every autumn, some leaves slip undeterred into the gutter of your gutter and force you to free it. To avoid the unnecessary effort to collect the leaves and save precious time, we recommend installing a gutter net protection that can be easily fixed with hooks.
7) A rake with binder included
Not only will this tool help you gather the dry leaves that it will encounter along its path, but thanks to the convenient sliding paddle on the handle you can directly throw them in a bag without having to bend over and make efforts with your knees. In this case, it is true that it is not a “trick” but just a tool for which you have to spend money … But they are well spent anyway!
6) Pass the mower
Mowing the lawn is another good idea. In this way the fallen leaves will mix with the grass and will be collected in the special basket, saving you time. In addition, low carbon cut grass will facilitate the decomposition process of the leaves and allow you to effortlessly obtain quality compost. The particularly adherent leaves left on the ground will instead be raked or blown away with a blower, but as you can see it will be a much less expensive job than expected.
5) The blower
On the market, you will find several models of the blower, some of which include suction and shredding functions. Since it is a tool that you will only use a few days a year, we advise you to pay attention to buying one that is suitable for the surface to be treated. Finally, as we already said, you will not be forced to get rid of dead leaves at all costs.
4) The leaves found in the lawn
On the lawn, dead leaves could suffocate the grass. Instead of throwing them away, once you have collected them, we suggest you put them in a container to generate compost or use them to cover those frost-suffering shrubs. Alternatively, you could chop them and spread them again on the lawn to fertilize them.
3) Leave the leaves in the flower beds
The flower beds appreciate the presence of a blanket of about ten centimeters of leaves. The same, in fact, constitute an excellent insulator that will protect plants from too low temperatures and allow insects useful to the natural cycle of the plant to survive. In addition, over time, the same leaves will tend to turn into compost and naturally integrate with the soil.
2) Create humus or mulch
The leftover leaves are often reused to create humus. In this case, it is necessary to insert them in a closed bag drilled in several places which will, therefore, be kept in a dry place. After a wait of about eighteen months, your dead leaves will have turned into humus ready for use. Don’t you want to wait all this time? No problem, maybe mulch could be right for you! In this case, you should shred the leaves with a lawnmower and place them at the feet of the most sensitive plants to protect them from low winter temperatures.
1) Use the leaves to make the soil more fertile
After all, even dead leaves can be a valid ally for all lovers of the garden and green spaces. Once the earth is dug, we suggest you sprinkle the soil with a thick layer of dead leaves, on which you will also put dampened ash so that it does not fly away at the first gust of wind. Thanks to this technique, you can drastically decrease the growth of weeds and at the same time enrich the soil with potassium and nitrogen, two fundamental molecules to ensure soil fertility and increase its prosperity.