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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.

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