Weekend Gardener

Blog based on my best-selling ebook "The Weekend Gardener"- The Busy Persons' Guide To A Beautiful Backyard Garden by Victor K. Pryles

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Early Fall Warning- Leave The Leaves

A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.
Buddha (563 BC - 483 BC)


Every year you and I have to figure out what to do with all those leaves in the fall.

Well, for weekenders like us these fallen leaves are a Godsend for mulching. It's all free! They help contain moisture, stabilize soil temperature and reduce the fluctuations of freeze and thaw that tear plant roots and heave them from the ground.

So, a good 2 or 3 inch mulch of autumn leaves will at least partially decay over the winter, releasing vital nutrients and improving soil structure, but be sure to rake away any left-overs in very early spring, before the perennials and bulbs start peeking up.

Large piles of whole leaves will provide great insulation, but they often fail to decompose completely, leaving you with soggy mats that can smother emerging plants.

Let's not be foolish weekenders and over do the raking every fall. Leaves are our friends and will make for a healthier garden come spring.

Victor K. Pryles
"The Weekend Gardener"

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