It is cold, overcast and usually wet. As you look outside you see your end of fall chore piling up... leaf pickup. Well good news for all, here are some ways to make your life easier when it comes to leaf removal.
Lawn Leaf Removal
Lawn leaf removal is really simple. Use your lawn mower with a mulching kit and simply mow your lawn. If you have a bag mower, empty it and mow over the pile a few times. The leaves in both scenarios will become really small and blend into the grass.
If you are completely set on removing your leaves, use a tarp. Lay a tarp down and blow you leaves onto it. The tarp will make the leaves easier to transport to a burn pile, to place in bags/cans, or to drag to your composting pile.
Why mulch leaves?
Leaves and pine needles contain macro and micro nutrients your trees have absorbed all year and no longer need for the winter. If you were to remove your leaves completely, you would remove also remove the nutrition from your soil. By mulching, you get to feed the soil, beneficial insects and micro-organisms for free. The decomposing leaves will also lower you soil pH which is great for plants like azaleas, gardenias and camellias. The other major perk is there is no need to fill dozens of bags with leaves.
Landscape Bed Leaf Removal
The easiest way to get leaves out of your garden beds is to blow them out with a blower and mulch them in the yard with your mower. Try to return some of the mulch back to the beds so the bedding soil stays rich with nutrition for your shrubs and flower. An easier way to take care of leaves in your bed is to just leave them there. If you have pine needles, there is your natural and free mulch. If you have have an unsightly variety of leaf, now would be a great time to mulch right on top of the leaves. The leaves will still break down and act as soil conditioner.
Professional Debris Removal
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If you would simply like some advice, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help.
Compost is great for vegetable gardens, flower beds, potted plants, refreshing your grass or just to add to just about anything dealing with landscaping at your home. You could buy a compost box or compost bin from a store or online, but why would you? Here is a way to make one that will take very little time and is nearly free.
what you will need to make a composting bin
how to build a composting box
help with composting
The spaces between the boards of the pallets will help air and water to reach more of the composting soil. Air and water are needed for the bacteria to break down the material into compost. Lack of air can lead to smells.
Do not add protein to the compost pile. It will attract animals and will add a terrible stench.
Try to keep a 50/50 ratio of brown compost material(leaves, dirt) and green compost material (discarded vegetables, grass clippings, egg shells, fruit skins)
If you want your compost to occur more quickly, be sure to turn your compost with a pitchfork and add some earthworms you find.
If you find that you have too much compost, I bet you have a neighbor who could really use some.
Composting not only creates great soil for you, it also reduces what we send to landfills. Do your part to keep the earth green.