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Keep the Leaves Part 3 – Importance of Leaf Mulch for Oak Trees

Posted on: January 21st, 2014 by Elana Daley • No Comments

Oak trees produce large leaves as do a host of many species of deciduous trees. Trees benefit most when leaves remain within their drip line. Too many leaves accompanied by over watering can cause a fallen Oak tree. It’s best to avoid watering an oak tree and keep the leaves.

Deciduous oak leaves may be used for compost in edible gardens and landscapes, however oak leaves are better left with their tree. Due to larger leaf size, mulching is required. Oak leaves take longer to break down. By mulching, the decomposition process is sped up, occurring more easily, so mulch as much as possible.

Mulching can be done a variety of ways. If you have a landscape team, like Daley Landscape, Inc. ask them to do it for you. If you are an avid do-it-yourselfer, a chipper or mulcher can be purchased. If the cost is out of the budget, a lawn mower may work best with dry leaves, avoid doing this after rain. Some lawn mowers have special leaf shredding attachments. Wear recommended safety gear to avoid flying debris.

Avoid overwatering Oak trees and spread the leaves within the drip line of the tree. Mulch the leaves when using them for compost or in landscape. Avoid mulching wet leaves with a lawn mower and always use proper safety gear. Ask Daley Landscape, Inc. how they can help maintain this organic process.

Keep the Leaves Part 2 – Importance of Leaf Mulch for Edible Landscapes

Posted on: January 15th, 2014 by Elana Daley • No Comments

Most bare root fruit trees can take up to 5 years to produce. When Daley Landscape, Inc. planted bare root fruit trees as part of an edible landscape, it was no surprise the trees produced within the first year.

Begin with excellent stock and be sure the soil is well prepared. The soil did not require amendment as it had been nourished over time. For years leaves were raked under the existing trees. By the time the old trees were replaced with the bare root fruit trees, the soil was ready.

Fruit trees provide food, shade and cooling in summer. By autumn they drop their leaves which provide nourishment to the soil. Even if leaves are from other trees, Daley Landscape, Inc. says keep the leaves.

Rake leaves around the base of the tree; keep them less than one foot off the base of the trunk. If leaves are really large, mulch them and spread them under plants in the edible garden. Leaves work best under the tree from which they fall and they help the edible landscape by providing nutrient rich soil; encouraging optimum root growth.

When there is an abundance of leaves, create a compost pile. Mix the leaves with grass clippings, yard waste, and greens. Add a little water. Be sure to turn the compost pile to enhance decomposition. By spring the compost will be ready to use in your edible garden.