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Disposing of autumn leaves - 5 tips

When the many colorful leaves fall to the ground in autumn, many don't know how to dispose of the autumn leaves. Here are 5 tips on what you can do with it.

You can compost the autumn leaves

Beautiful natural spectacle

Every year in autumn the leaves of the deciduous trees change color. However, this beautiful natural spectacle only lasts a short time and the leaves fall off the trees again. At this very moment it should or must be disposed of (e.g. to avoid damage to the lawn), for which we have put together some useful disposal tips.

Disposing of autumn leaves - 5 tips

Tip 1:
Foliage can in principle be composted and thus used again as humus in spring at the latest. Just add the leaves and store them on the compost.

However, it is important to note that even a small gust of wind distributes the leaves back into the garden. For this reason, you should undermine it on the compost - pile already fermented compost material on top. You can also stretch a simple net over the compost, so that even with strong gusts of wind no leaves can fly around in the garden.

Tip 2:
If you do not have compost, you can also incorporate the leaves directly into the vegetable patches and fruit beds and let them rot immediately on the spot. To do this, spread the leaves evenly on the harvested beds and work well into the soil with a garden claw (or similar device). If you loosen the soil well beforehand for this purpose, you can make this work considerably easier. In this way, the soil is already supplied with many necessary nutrients in late autumn and can be used again as a cold frame in early spring.

Tip 3:
With leaves, the immediate soil of certain plants can be kept moist for much longer, so that these ornamental plants hardly have to suffer during the winter drought. For this purpose, you have to pile up the leaves around these plants and, if necessary, additionally weigh them down with twigs. However, you should only carry out this work when most snails have already disappeared from the gardens. Because snails like to stay in the damp leaves.

And during the decaying process of the foliage, which also begins quickly here, over the winter months, the plants are also supplied with sufficient nutrients.

Tip 4:
In addition, leaves serve as protection against the cold, for example in the case of roses sensitive to frost. To do this, pile the root area (plant stem) well with leaves and then cover the roses with twigs and / or a garden fleece.

Tip 5:
Foliage mountains also offer hedgehogs a safe place to spend the winter. To do this, you need to stack the fallen leaves in a well-protected place to form a hill. If the hedgehogs leave their sleeping place after the winter months, you can again incorporate the autumn leaves into the beds.