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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.

Keep the Leaves Part 1- Importance of Leaf Mulch for Outdoor Landscapes

Posted on: December 27th, 2013 by Elana Daley • No Comments

Leaves are an excellent source of nutrition for an outdoor landscape. Deciduous trees like American and Chinese elms drop small leaves in the fall. We at Daley Landscape, Inc say: “Keep the leaves.”

Fallen leaves help reduce weeds and retain soil moisture. Leaves also protect against fluctuating soil temperatures during winter. Thatch buildup is prevented as a result of the natural fungi developed from fallen leaves. Ask your maintenance team to rake leaves to the base of the trees; leave the rest on the grass. If the leaves are small it is not necessary to mulch them, but mulching will help them decompose faster, adding nutrients to the soil, improving both soil quality and structure. The new growth of grass in the spring is gorgeous and lasts through summer. It’s a rich full green that presents as a soft cushion inviting anyone to lie down and relax.

Daley Landscape, Inc. reminds you to keep the leaves. Use them as natural fertilizer for grass, trees, and shrubs in your landscape. If your trees drop large leaves, use a leaf mulcher to reduce size. Spread it around the base of trees, shrubs, and plants. Sprinkle it on the grass. Microscopic organisms work to convert the leaves into nutrients absorbed by the plants. It’s free fertilizer and it’s natural. Your landscape will thank you with healthy, colorful, and rich full growth in the spring.