With autumn firmly in place here in the Southern hemisphere, I’m starting to deal with a part of my garden that I both love and loathe: Autumn leaves.
I don’t know about you, but I love the colours of autumn almost as much as I love the freshness of spring.
The leaves are a problem though, I have a LOT of deciduous trees shedding their coats right now.
I do what any sensible gardener would do: ignore it.
5 Advantages of mulching.
Autumn leaves provide a lovely mulching in the coming winter months. Mulching has many advantages, but these are my favourites
– Prevents moisture loss with up to 75%.
– Protects plants from the cold
– It helps curb weed growth
– It adds nutrients to the soil.
– It improves the texture of the soil as it breaks down.
Except where it creates a problem or looks too untidy, I just leave the leaves to decompose through the season. It has the added benefit of creating a habitat in the garden. I love seeing the birds digging through the leaf matter looking for grubs.
Autumn leaves are one of the best things in the garden, providing benefit without costing you a cent!