Don’t Just Rake up Fall Leaves, Put Them to Work in Your Garden
A leaf blower can be helpful when you have lots of leaves and need to get them cleared out quickly. However, if you have just a few leaves, it might be better to use a rake and sweep up the debris. That way, you avoid blowing the leaves around your yard or over other people’s property.
- Use the right tool. If you have an old-fashioned metal rake with long tines and a handle that reaches almost to your knees, consider getting a new one. Modern plastic models with shorter handles are much easier on your back and less likely to bend under heavy loads.
- Rake from the bottom up so that the weight of the pile doesn’t break down your rake’s tines prematurely.
- Go after dry leaves first. Wet leaves are extra slippery and stick together more than dry ones, making it harder to rake smoothly.
- Cleaning around your condenser as HVAC maintenance. Leaves can block the flow of air through your system, which will cause it to work harder and use more energy.
Create a Compost Heap
Composting is an excellent way to recycle your yard waste into beneficial fertilizer for your garden.
Gather leaves together in large piles where they can be left undisturbed for several months. Avoid collecting branches or other non-leafy materials, which can break down more slowly than leaves and result in an uneven compost mixture.
Finally, after two months of decomposing on their own, turn over your leaf piles to expose new surfaces for further decomposition.
Make Some Leaf Mold
When you have a pile of leaves and twigs to dispose of, try making leaf mold. Leaf mold is the end product of decaying leaves and twigs, eventually turning into soil. It’s great for your garden, as it contains many nutrients that help plants grow strong roots.
If you have a pile of leaves in your yard, you can use them to make a natural mulch.
Once they’re shredded, simply spread over your garden beds as needed.
Improve Your Lawn with Fallen Leaves
Leaves on your lawn can be beneficial. They help keep weeds down, add nutrients and provide a natural barrier against winter weather. If you have a large yard, it’s easy to rake up the leaves, but if you are like most homeowners with a small yard, this can be time-consuming and tedious work. So instead of raking them up, consider mowing them back into the lawn.
Turn Leaves into Art
Leaf art is a great way to use up some fallen leaves from your trees. Try turning the leaves into pictures. Paint your leaves, cut them out and glue them to paper to create an autumn collage, or use them as placemats on your table. You can also use leaves in place of flowers for floral arrangements and centerpieces.
Keep your Sacramento home cozy this winter by scheduling your annual HVAC maintenance for your furnace. Contact the professionals at Bell Bros for more information about keeping your HVAC system in top working order.