Use your leaves in the garden.  Fallen leaves are rich in organic matter  According to Texas A&M University, “they contain 50 to 80 percent of the nutrients a plant extracts from the soil and air during the season.”

Three ways to use leaves:

  1. Mulching.  Shredded leaves will decompose faster, but it’s not necessary.  Fall mulching insulates to keep the soil temperature from fluctuating during the frost months.
  2. Soil Improvement.  Work a layer of leaves into compacted soil this Fall to improve the drainage and aeration by Spring.
  3. Compost.  Add them to your compost and add your compost to beds and containers this next planting season.

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