In the Fall, the evenings get a little colder, and the leaves begin to change color. It can be a beautiful time of year until those leaves start to fall off from the trees onto your lawn. It’s time to reach for your rake and getting moving right? However, they may be other ways to tend to and remove leaves from your yard. You don’t have to throw all the fallen leaves out either. You can get creative with using them in all kinds of different ways. Below are some practical tips for leaf clean up and recycling.
Alternative Ways To Clean Up Leaves
Vacuum The Leaves
It might be wise to use a leaf vacuum to get rid of fallen leaves. With a leaf blower, you can also suck up twigs, pine cones, and acorns. It is way faster than raking or using a leaf blower. Save the debris and grind it all up for mulch or compost.
Use a Leaf Blower
Using a leaf blower is less time consuming than raking. Use the leaf blower to redistribute fallen leaves into manageable piles. Then bag up the piles of fallen leaves and move to the disposal area, or to a place to store for recycling.
Put Down Tarps
Before all the leaves start to fall, consider putting down a tarp to catch the leaves. Use the tarp as a substitute garbage bag, and drag it around the lawn to catch the fallen leaves. When full, you can move the tarp to a disposal area, which makes for a super easy clean up.
What To Do With The Fall Leaves
Make Compost to Recycle the Leaves and Debris
If you have a compost pile, you can add leaves, sticks, pine needles and other debris to it, and this will create a high quality compost. Use in your vegetable garden or for tree and shrub plantings.
Use Fallen Leaves as Mulch
Instead of purchasing mulch, consider using your fallen leaves to make mulch. It is free and can sometimes be better than store bought mulch. Store bought mulch can have wood chips in it that contain artillery fungus. This fungus can damage vinyl and wood siding, and harm nearby plants. By using homemade leaf mulch, you can avoid this problem.
Use Leaves for Educational Purposes or Art Projects
Teach your children about nature by using fallen leaves to make collages. Take the leaves and press them into newspapers to preserve them. The integrity and shape of the leaves will be preserved, and from there you can make collages that your kids can label to help identify leaves from specific trees. Or, use leaves to create art projects. You can make a leaf decoupage or a colorful wreath. Some leaves that have fallen at the peak of their color can be used as a centerpiece for your table. You can also use the leaves to stuff a scarecrow for a Halloween yard decoration. By recycling your fallen fall foliage, you can spark your child's interest in nature, and the best part is that it is free.
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