What to Do With Fallen Leaves?
Your lawn is about to be invaded by an army of beautiful yet often frustrating fall leaves. H. Jack’s Plumbing and Heating Company wants to help you keep your lawn healthy and clear this fall by putting those leaves to good use! Here are our three tips on what to do with fallen leaves.
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 out for the garbage collectors. Leaf mulch may take a while to develop, but by the time planting season comes around again, you will have home-made, inexpensive compost 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 do not have to worry about gathering them up. Their mulch-like properties will still work.
3. 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. You’ll be giving them an ideal refuge from the harsher winter weather coming in the near future.
4. Leave (Pun Not Intended) Them There
Not kidding. Leaving the leaves there means they act as a natural insulator for your 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. If you do decide to let the leaves be, you will want to run the lawn mower over them a few times as they fall, so that they do not smother your grass. H. Jack’s is here for you and your home this fall! As the weather changes, call H. Jack’s to find emergency repair services and assistance with your home heating.