4 tips for collecting and using dry leaves from gardens
Gardeners have a lot of work during the autumn months. Fallen leaves should be collected, ripe fruits should be harvested, the remains of annual plants should be removed, trees and bushes should be cut. A lot of work needs to be done in the garden so that the garden is ready for the winter rest period.
- Collecting dry leaves – Leaves and small branches (from lawns, under and above bushes and hedges) are most often collected in small piles. Then the collected leaves are taken with garden carts to landfills or composting sites. You can also use large “pop-up” bags that can hold a lot of dry leaves for removing leaves – It is best to have a fenced area in the garden for these purposes or a container for making compost. Plant remains can be buried in deeper layers of soil in the vegetable garden (if the garden is smaller). Plant residues will humify and mineralize over time because nature makes its own contribution. The leaves should be allowed to dry completely if the dried leaves will end up in the trash. Do not leave dry leaves to rot in the garden.
- Moss removal – Grass areas should be vigorously cleaned with a rake while collecting dry leaves. In this way, the mosses developed between the grass sods are also removed. Mosses are a kind of competition with cultivated grasses and plants. Air, water and nutrients will reach the grass roots better after removing the moss. Grass plants will have more room to grow. Collected moss with soil particles (which are attached to the moss) should also be disposed of in the compost container.
- Special vacuum cleaner for collecting dry leaves – the ideal solution for removing dry leaves is to purchase a special vacuum cleaner for collecting leaves. This device also shreds leaves – Such leaves occupy a smaller volume in the composter. It is easier and faster to humify and mineralize, that is, it turns into fertile humus soil. Layers of chopped dry leaves should be covered with a thin layer of garden soil. Do this alternately until all the dry leaves are removed from the garden.
- Tools for collecting dry leaves in the garden – there are also special tools with a large working capacity. That is why they are also suitable for large gardens. There are folding models of tools. With this device, a large amount of dry leaves can be collected and transferred to a compost container or landfill.