Fall can be a wonderful time of the year even if it means dealing with leaves…
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. Football and cooler temps does make me happy. But one thing about fall that can be a bummer is dealing with leaves in the yard.
If you are considering buying a home that will have leaves in the yard, you need to understand how to contend with them.
Or if you are selling a home in the fall, you must ensure your curb appeal isn’t ruined by leaves covering the yard.
Let’s look at dealing with leaves around the home! Don’t think of leaves as all bad. They can be a used for fertilizing your lawn or even decorating your home for fall.
Don’t Leave The Leaves Alone
I know there are sometimes I would rather let the leaves lie in the yard. There is football on the TV. But I know you should rake leaves or the leaves can smother your lawn over the winter season. This is why you need to rake the leaves!
What If I Refuse To Rake Leaves?
Hey it is a free country and who am I to judge? If you don’t want to rake the leaves, there is an alternative. You can leave them on the ground until they are dry and crunchy. Then use your lawnmower’s mulch setting to chop the leaves to bits.
This is much different than just letting the leaves suffocate your yard. After being chopped up, the smaller pieces make a good fertilizer for your lawn. Use the grass catcher and use the chopped up leaves in the garden or flowerbeds.
Turn Leaves Into Mulch
If you really want to get the most out of your leaves, then take them to the compost pile. Mixing the leaves with grass clippings speeds up the composting process. This will make an awesome homemade fertilizer for your garden and flowerbeds.
You can a layer of this homemade mulch to replenish your flowerbed’s soil over winter. Or you can keep young trees and shrubs warm by putting a thick layer around them.
While tis is not my cup of tea, I know plenty of people that use colorful fall leaves as craft supplies. You could fill a vase with leaves for a seasonal centerpiece. Or you can make a wreath with the leaves. There are plenty of ways to create something for your home if you just use your imagination.
You can see that burning leaves or putting them in the trash is not the best option. Try not to think of the leaves on the lawn as a mess to be cleaned up. Think of leaves as a gift from nature to use as you see fit!
Fall leaves are an easy, natural, and free material. Be sure to use them!