After the leaves fall, it's time to rake them up or collect them with a lawnmower attachment then dispose of them, right? No! Instead of removing them entirely from your lawn, use these tips on how they can actually benefit your lawn and your flower beds too. The money homeowners will spend next Spring on lawn and garden fertilizers, mulch and bagged compost... they might have saved if they’d simply used those leaves now.
Why Are Leaves Valuable to the Gardener?
It’s simple. When incorporated into soil, fall leaves:
Add nutrients, including phosphorous and potassium
Increase the soil’s microbial life
Boost its water-holding capacity
Improve its structure, known as tilth
Not to mention that leaves are free! It takes little effort on your part to get them working for you. Here are five ways to use them: