Mulching autumn leaves for better soil
SAVANNAH, Georgia (WTOC) – It seems like all of the trees that normally lose leaves this time of year have done so in the past few weeks. But don’t just throw them away. Let Mama Nature do the hard work while you reap the benefit – better soil.
It’s that time of year! The temperatures have gotten cooler and the leaves are falling. But before you buy trash bags and remove the leaves that have fallen in your yard, make sure to keep them.
“Decomposing leaves will add the nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to your soil that plants need to absorb. Nitrogen is broken down into ammonium and absorbed from the roots and into a nitrate, which supplies vegetable protein. Phosphorus is for the roots and gives you the flowering or fruiting power for the plant, and potassium is like a multivitamin for the plant, ”says Caroline Ingram, gardening specialist at Hester & Zipperer Lawn & Garden.
Decomposing leaves are packed with great things for the soil of your garden and attract critters like worms that will only help your garden along. And it’s all free for you!
“Yes. It’s worth a lot of money,” Ingram said.
And it’s basically like going to the doctor as a person and getting vitamins as a person – all the things we pay for – like mulch we pay for. So, chop up and put in your flower bed – it will only help the plants.
“You can also make a compost heap with excess compost heap and dismantle it and use it for your gardens,” Ingram said.
To get the most out of the process, help nature out by mulching the leaves before placing them on the ground.
“Mulched leaves decompose much faster. A whole leaf takes about a year to decompose. If you want to get the full effect of composting, it has to be mulched, ”Ingram explained.
Let Mother Nature do the hard work and leave the leaves, so to speak, for an inexpensive natural way to improve the health of your soil.
Have fun gardening!
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