If you have an abundant source of leaves in the fall, shred them. Your garden will benefit in a big way. Here how to use them:
From Garry & Pam in Columbia, Md.:
Regarding the September articles on shredding leaves for mulch, my wife and I have worked up what we believe is a better, more productive, and faster method for shredding leaves than just mowing them where they fall on the lawn and then raking them up.
We live in an urban area here in Maryland and have plenty of trees in our neighborhood that are good fodder for mulch. Several years ago we began to "windrow" our leaves into the street in front of our house including those that we would rake off of our lawn. We would also take our neighbors' bags of leaves and empty them into the windrow (they are somewhat astonished that I would even WANT them!). Firing up an old mulching lawn mowerwith the blade at the lowest levelI would go up and down the windrows and literally grind them up, resulting in a very nice mass of small shredded leaf particles. Taking a flat-bladed snow shovel, I would scoop them up and into a large-wheeled garbage can and begin distributing the leaves around our garden.
Admittedly this method will not work for everyone (especially if where you live there is no concrete or asphalt street available), but we have found that shredding leaves this way is fun and economical and the result is wonderfulgood exercise and great stuff for the garden!
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