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I Don’t Leave the Leaves

DrPulte_Moderator | Posted in Southeast Gardening on

I don’t leave the leaves on my lawn – I move them.  The only time of year I use the bagger on my lawnmower is the fall.  I crunch and bag dried leaves and add them as a mulch to some of my flowerbeds or in my veggie garden.  If this is too much work just mulching them in place is not a bad idea.  Or do a little of both.  

How do you handle your fall leaves?


  1. user-7821942 | | #1

    We mow over the leaves on the lawn and leave them in place as mulch/soon to be compost. We have a lot of oak leaves and pine needles which do not decompose quickly so I generally do not use these as mulch in flower or vegetable beds but I do rake leaves into woodland beds of azaleas, camellias, and understory trees.

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      DrPulte_Moderator | | #3

      Sounds like a great strategy!

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    Chloe_Moderator | | #2

    I do the same as you. I use them in my garden. We have maples and oaks and the maples drop first, so I'm able to collect them separately. I use the maple in the vegetable garden to improve the soil because it decomposes faster, and I put the oak as mulch in ornamental beds.

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      DrPulte_Moderator | | #4

      Awesome Chloe!

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