Fall is right around the corner and with it comes lots of colorful leaves. So what is the best thing you can do with all these leaves? Here are some things to consider this season that will help improve the quality of your lawn.
- Mulch your fall leaves and leave them on your lawn.
- Build a leaf pile now for compost next spring. If leaves are mixed in with your discarded produce, it will help to properly balance the carbon and nitrogen for next spring as well as control insects and also cut down on odor.
- Leaf piles placed away from the house will provide a habitat for wildlife.
Fallen leaves carry between 50 to 80 percent of the nutrients a tree extracts from the soil and air, including carbon, potassium, and phosphorus. For garden plots, this means that a three-inch layer of leaves spread over them will add organic matter, protect garden soil from compaction caused by rainfall and restrict weed growth.
If you mow over your fall leaves each week, they’ll break down over the winter and provide your soil with critical nutrients. The leaves will also shade the soil which will result in fewer lawn weeds next year.
The biggest takeaway here is that everything in your yard can serve a productive purpose and fall leaves are no different. With patience and planning, using your leaves for compost or leaving them in your yard after mowing them can provide an important nutrient dense building block for a healthier lawn in the future.
Heidelberg Farms serves southern NH, Maine and northern Massachusetts. We are among over 500 Organic Land Care Professionals throughout the Northeast and beyond that are accredited by the NOFA Organic Land Care Program.
We take our role as land stewards very seriously and appreciate your consideration. We care not just about your lawn, but you! Call us at (603) 501 9919!