Home Outdoors Series – How to Mulch Leaves: Cheap Mulch for Your Landscaping

Many of us here in East Tennessee have an abundance of leaves on the ground in the fall. This article demonstrates a great way to turn this free resource into a usable, beneficial mulch that will replace that fancy bag material sold at your local hardware or home and garden store.

Article From HouseLogic.com

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon
Published: November 28, 2011

Don’t toss out those fallen leaves you’ve spent weekends raking and blowing. Autumn leaves make low-cost mulch and fertilizer to protect and feed your landscaping all winter.

Now that your trees are bare, make the most of those fallen leaves. Here are a few ways to recycle leaves to protect and feed your landscaping all winter.


Mulching plants and shrubs is not just a spring chore. Your landscaping needs winter protection, too.

Autumn leaves are a low-cost mulch that insulate roots from frigid temperatures and hold moisture in the ground, which is vital to plant health in winter.

After you’ve removed dead blooms or rotting vegetables, rake or blow leaves (http://www.houselogic.com/blog/landscaping-gardening/leaf-removal-equipment-tips/) into garden beds, and mound them around the base of shrubs and trees. To quicken decomposition and feed plants all winter, run leaves through a shredder or run over them with a mower.

Composting leaves

Rotting leaves and pine needles make great compost. Just throw them onto your compost pile (http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/composting/start-compost-pile/), and douse them with water before you drain your outdoor spigot for the winter.

Or, bag up the leaves and throw them into a corner of your yard. If you have a mild winter, dark plastic will catch the rays and cook the leaves, speeding up decomposition. Come spring, dump the rotting leaves on your compost pile, and save the bags for next fall’s cleanup.

Leaves as fertilizer

Instead of raking or blowing leaves, run your mower over them a couple of times, and let them decompose and nourish your lawn.

What do you think of using leaves as mulch?

About gvenice

I have over 25 years of electrical engineering and business management experience. I previously owned and managed a multi million dollar engineering firm. My work took me all over the globe, managing the construction of manufacturing plants where I built a reputation of providing superior service, getting projects done on time and within or under budget. My dedication to the fine details and logical approach to accomplishing tasks provide a huge benefit to my Real Estate clients. After selling my business and retiring to this area, I found a new passion in the Real Estate business and I bring to this business the same level of professional skill and conduct that has made mr successful in the past. My global exposure and extensive travel are also an asset when dealing with a customer base that is located worldwide. An avid boater, I have a thourough understanding of the waterways of East Tennessee and the intricacies involved in dealing with the TVA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
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