It’s fall, and there are plenty of leaves on the ground. Before you rake, mow, and blow this year, think about leaving some behind. Insects rely on fallen leaves and other organic debris to cover and insulate them from the elements over winter. In addition, the annual dropping of leaves by trees is nature’s method of adding valuable nutrients to the soil and can aid in suppressing weeds.
You can leave them where they fall, or rake them into garden beds, or top raised bed with a leafy blanket to inhibit weeds, retain moisture, and boost nutrition. Learn more about nature’s process of turning leaves into gold, and some strategies for tough leaves.
A reminder to be Fire-smart when managing those fallen leaves. Here’s tips on maintaining a Fire-smart landscape.