Collect leaves for a healthy garden

Collect leaves for a healthy garden

The beautiful colours that falling leaves treat us in the Autumn may tempt you to leave them where they are, scattered across the lawn. The danger in doing this is that a lot of fallen leaves can suffocate your lawn and deprive it of the sunlight and fresh air that it requires in order to grow. Even falling leaves, left for just 3 weeks, can have a damaging impact on the grass in your garden by preventing it from making its food from the sunlight. Moss will start to grow and take over the lawn making it look untidy.


Falling leaves create other garden problems too

Falling leaves that land in a fish pond can change the chemical balance in the pond water, making it toxic for fish. Garden ponds have to be cleaned out in order to restore the balance. The best way to prevent leaves from falling into a pond and disturbing the equilibrium is to place a fine net over the top of the pond to catch any falling leaves. Wet leaves on a garden path can be extremely slippery and cause serious injury to a family member in the garden. Falling leaves can block garden drainage systems and cause water to pool and even lead to the flooding of your home.


There are many different methods of collecting falling leaves

The oldest method of collecting the leaves that have fallen around your garden is by using a garden rake. They have been used for centuries in order to keep gardens free of grass cuttings and leaves. There are many more exciting, less time-consuming ways to collect falling leaves from your garden. Local garden centres stock a wide array of garden tools that will save you time in the garden such as rakes, garden vacuum cleaners and leaf blowers.



How to use leaf blowing tools to collect falling leaves

There is a wide range of different tools that can effectively clear a garden of falling leaves much quicker than the traditional raking method. Leaf blowers can also have vacuum features that suck up fallen leaves and shred them into smaller particles that are the right size for a compost bin. A good way to collect all these leaves is to spread a sheet out over the lawn. You can then blow all the leaves onto the sheet and can easily tip them wherever you like by picking up the four corners of the sheet and easily containing them. 


Falling leaves make great compost for some areas of the garden

Falling leaves may be added to a compost heap and will add a lot of value to the soil in your garden. If you have large amounts of leaves, then it would be better if they were composted separately. Leaf mould takes about a year to create from most deciduous leaves and is a great fibrous addition for many areas of the garden. Garden centres have a wide variety of composting bins for sale and plenty of leaf collecting tools. Garden centres are great places to visit if you are looking to learn more about gardening as their staff are friendly experts who love to share their passion for gardening.

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