Yes! You can recycle leaves by using them as mulch to benefit your garden, yard, or planting beds.
You may think fall leaves need to be discarded, but they can be reused to help beautify and improve your landscaping!
If you’ve got a lot of fallen leaves and nowhere else to put them, here’s how to recycle them as mulch. This will benefit, protect, and improve your garden, yard, or planting beds.
Fallen leaves make great compost
Many people are surprised to discover they can recycle fallen leaves for mulch in their landscaping beds and garden.
The fallen leaves make great compost, which helps improve plant health, adds soil-rich balancing nutrients, protects your plants, and more. Here are your quick tips for recycling leaves in your landscaping.
What is compost, and why do we use it in our gardens?
You can use fallen leaves as nitrogen-rich mulch. As New Englanders, we see plenty of leaves cascading onto our lawns beginning in September and October.
So what are the benefits of using leaves as mulch?
- It helps your plants by improving the soil structure and providing nutrients.
- It encourages earthworms and other beneficial organisms to the surrounding soil, which balances out harmful organisms and improves fertility.
- It can suppress plant diseases such as powdery mildew or botrytis cinerea by preventing spores from growing.
- It helps prevent water from evaporating and drying out your plants in the areas where it is applied.
Tips for using leaves as mulch
When using leaves for mulch, it is important to shred them first since they will not decompose otherwise.
You should also avoid piling large quantities of them together. If you have a large amount of them in one place, this can cause moisture to build up and foster mold or fungal growth. We recommend placing small handfuls throughout your garden, and over time you will notice the benefits to your plants.
No need to do this yourself!
You can hire someone to recycle and mulch your leaves for you!
If you aren’t interesting in going through the process of recycling those fallen leaves as compost for your landscaping and planting beds, consider hiring Green Horizons Landscaping Services to take care of it for you.
Many people are surprised to discover that they can use fallen leaves for mulch in their garden beds.
Leaves make excellent compost. They are great for mulching your garden or planting beds, improving soil health, discouraging pests and insects, maintaining nutrients and moisture levels, and more.
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