When autumn arrives, the leaves adorn themselves with their most beautiful colors. We do not get tired of admiring trees for they are beautiful during fall, which always brings beautiful sunny and warm days.
However, these beautiful leaves, unfortunately, eventually fall, and they must be picked up, especially when they litter the lawn, garden and flowers. And when the wind carries them, they land on the balcony and the terrace.
If you are sometimes tempted to leave this carpet of leaves on the ground, thus sparing you the thankless task of picking them up, you would be wrong in doing so. Indeed, dead leaves contribute to the appearance of diseases and parasites in the garden.
There are various methods to pick them up, including one that you all know, the rake. However, if you want to get rid of this chore as quickly as possible, we have other solutions to offer.
We will give you 6 tips for collecting leaves, and we will also give you 5 tips on how to use them later. image : wtop
1. Carpet of leaves:
The first and easiest solution is simply to leave the carpet of leaves on the ground. They will eventually degrade, turn into humus, and feed the trees from which they fell.
However, if dead leaves cover the grass, the flowers, the garden or the terrace, this method is strongly not recommended. Moreover, it is only suitable for wooded areas.
2. Piece of cardboard:
When there are a lot of dead leaves on the lawn, you have to spend several hours before you finish picking them up. To lighten your task and waste less time, there is a quick and easy solution.
Cut a large piece of cardboard measuring about 1m x 1m50. Place it on the ground, near the dead leaves, and with your hands, push it. This way, the leaves will pile up on the cardboard.
Here is a video demonstration:
3. Gutters :
If there are trees near your house, the leaves are likely to fall into the gutters. As a result, gutter cleaning must be repeated every fall, and more than once during the year.
4. Leaf picker rake with handle:
The purchase of a rake-leaf pickup is a very practical tool that you should buy. This rake is equipped with a sliding lever thanks to which the leaves are raked and picked up.
Unlike the cardboard method, you do not have to be leaning or bending your knees. In addition, this tool is very easy to use, and it works like an ordinary rake, except that by pulling on the handle, the leaves cling to the teeth of the rake. Then you release the handle and drop the leaves in a bag.
If you have grass, you certainly have a lawn mower. So know that you can use it to grind the leaves that will then end up in the mower’s bag.
However, this solution will not allow you to pick up all the leaves. Indeed, for those who will remain glued to the ground and others where the blade of the mower will not be able to reach, an ordinary rake will have to be used. image : deco
6. Leaf blower:
If you opt for a leaf blower, remember that there is more than one model. The less expensive ones will only blow the leaves further, without picking them up, which is hardly practical.
By paying a little more, you could get a model with various functions, like vacuum cleaner or grinder. Considering that the price of these leaf blowers is quite high, and that the collection of leaves is done only once a year, you should decide if it is really worth it. image : doitgarden
What to do now with the leaves once picked up:
7. On the grass:
In order not to choke the blades of grass under the leaves, it is important that you pick them up. However, you can leave a thin layer, provided that you pass the mower.
Pick up as much as possible with the rake, and leave a thin layer on the lawn. As for the collected leaves, do not throw them away. Instead, make compost or use them to protect plants that may freeze during the winter.
Tip for compost: for the dead leaves to decompose quickly, alternate layers of leaves (about 25 cm) and organic matter rich in nitrogen. The compost should be aerated and moistened frequently (and stir every 6 months). After 1 year, the compost will be usable, but if you wait another 1 or 2 years, it will turn into a fine black soil, rich in humus.
8. On the ground:
If there are any leaves in your back yard, pick them up and put that layer on the lawn.
You can even add up to 10 centimeters of dead leaves. These will serve as insulation for your lawn, and thanks to insects that will survive under the leaves, you will enjoy natural compost.
9. Humus :
If making compost discourages you or if you do not want to do it, know that with dead leaves, it is possible to make humus for the upper layer of soil. For that, you simply have to put all the leaves in trash bags with holes in several places.
You then place them in a dry place, and 18 months later, you can spread the humus on your land.
Mulch is an excellent alternative to humus, and unlike humus, there is no need to wait for a year and a half. To get mulch from dead leaves, first grind them with the mower.
If you prefer to use a wire edge cutter, you will also be able to shred them. Then you only have to put them in piles at the feet of your trees.
11. Enrichment :
Do you know about the enrichment technique? This helps to reduce and prevent weed proliferation. To use it, you must beak the soil, and cover it with a layer of dead leaves.
Then you have to spread ashes that you moisten slightly so that the wind does not carry them. The mixture of dead leaves and ashes will make your soil more fertile. image : aujardin
Note: Only use ashes from the burning of plants or untreated wood.
source : astucesexpress