Are you already dreading getting rid ofB the leaves that have begun to cover your yard? Although the fallen leaves pose more yard work for you, they can actually provide great benefits for your soil.
By raking your leaves less and mowing your lawn, you can provide your lawn with much needed nutrients that were previously lost.
Under trees or in other shady spots where a lawn wonbt grow, you can create planting beds from fallen leaves as a source of soil-building organic matter. Shredded leaves applied as mulch protect tree roots from heat and cold and retain soil moisture during dry spells.
Fall leaves can also serve as compost for your yard during the spring gardening months. By collecting the leaves into a pile now, you can create a composting sheet or pile that will provide carbon-rich nutrients for your lawn later.
Visit Fine Gardening for more soil benefits of fall leaves.
Photos and information courtesy of Terry Ettinger