What To Do With All Those Leaves
|I have lots of leaves!|
It is that time of year when the leaves are dropping faster than I can clean them up. In my garden, I have huge mature trees and as you can see from the picture above, lots of trees to clean up after. For me, leaf clean up starts in late August and continues till the week of Christmas. The buckeye trees are first to leaf out in the spring and the first to drop their leaves. Then the cottonwood trees and sycamore trees start dropping their leaves, followed by other trees and shrubs.
A cottonwood leaf and a large sycamore leaf
The sycamore trees and cottonwood trees are the worse leaves to clean up. The sycamore leaves are huge and I have lots of them, which is why my gardens are named "Sycamore Gardens". The cottonwood leaves are very thick and leathery and if I don't clean them up quickly, they mat down very easily smothering out my perennials.
|Chopped up leaf mulch|
|A fine leaf mulch all over the gardens|
I have around 600 hostas in my garden. Cutting and cleaning them up takes forever. Since leaf clean up takes a long time, I can clean up the remains of my frost damaged hosta leaves by blowing them from the beds and chopping them up at the same time with the tree leaves. If you clean up your hostas in this manner, make sure that you do not have diseased hostas or you will spread the disease around the garden.
This is the best way for me to clean up my gardens. I make lots of leaf mulch that improves my soil, feeds the earthworms, keeps down the weeds and it makes for a healthy beautiful garden. By summer all the leaf mulch has disappeared into the soil that will be fed again in the fall with more leaf mulch.
How do you clean up your leaves? Leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.