Posted: September 26, 2016 5:00 am
1. Compost Them
Composting leaves is one of the best things you can do for your garden. They breakdown into a nutritious soil that you can add to your garden and planters. Plus it is far better than trying to wrangle up enough bags and bins to leave the out for the garbage collectors. Leaf mulch may take a while to develop, but by the time planting season comes around again you may have enough to use.
2. Use Them As Mulch
You can gather up fallen leaves and scatter them over planting beds and pots. They function as a natural, effective, insulating mulch. That way, there’s no need to buy and haul in mulch from a home improvement center. Additionally, if you have a tree planted in a flower bed or vegetable garden that naturally drops leaves every fall, you can just let the leaves lie there and not have to worry about gathering them up. Their mulch-like properties will still work.
3. Leave (Pun Not Intended) Them There
Not kidding. Leaving the leaves there means they act as a natural insulator for you grass over the winter; fallen leaves are a natural part of an area with trees. If you live in a neighborhood with an HOA or something similar that has rules against this, you may not be able to exercise this option.
4. Pile Them Up For Critters
Instead of throwing them out, gathering up the leaves into a big pile is ideal for lawn critters. Little creatures like chipmunks, birds, garter snakes, and more love such environments. And you’ll be giving them an ideal refuge from the harsher winter weather coming in the near future.