5 Uses For Dead Leaves (Some Make Your Lawn Healthier!)
Leaves are falling, so it's time to do something (or nothing!) with them.
When you survey your lawn or garden, you might see a sea of fallen leaves. Don't immediately run for the rake! You can take advantage of the leaves in several ways.
Five great uses for dead leaves:
- If the leaf layer is thin, then run the mower over that layer and leave it to feed to soil and plants.
- Got dandelions? If you have maple and oak trees whose leaves are now on your yard, leave a 1/2-inch layer of those leaves on the lawn to help reduce dandelions next spring.
- Got A LOT of leaves? Okay, now you can grab that rake (and gloves, because ... blisters). Rake the thicker layers of leaves into smaller piles, then make piles to jump in! After you've had some fall fun, pile the leaves in a corner somewhere to let rot into leaf mold compost to use on your garden next spring.
- Chop and gather leaves and use them in November and December to protect roses, hydrangeas and other tender plants from winter snows.
- We could all use some fun, so gather up some clothes you don't wear and stuff them full of leaves to make scarecrows and decorations for autumn and Halloween!
Q: What can I do to stop mice and voles from eating my tulip bulbs this fall? — June, in Williston
It’s true that mice, voles and even chipmunks love to eat tulip and crocus bulbs. You might just try to plant something they don’t like, for instance, alliums, daffodils, scillas, snowdrops or fritillaria. The critters just don’t like the smell or taste of these bulbs and will leave them be. You could also try to put crushed shells in the hole or pour some castor oil pellets in and the animals will also not like the smell or feel.
Lastly, you could try to create a cage, using hardware cloth. Purchase this special cloth and then fashion it into a cage, then put your bulbs inside and plant into the ground. The bulbs will be protected while they grow, and the critters won’t have access!
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