Autumn can be a lovely time of year but the work involved in clearing up all the dropped leaves can be a chore each year. However, there is a benefit to be had – they make a fabulous free source of organic matter.
Leafmould is ideal for use as a soil improver, mulch or potting compost. Here’s what to do:
- Fill black polythene bags with wet leaves
- Tie a knot in the top of the bags
- Puncture a few holes in the sides of each bag
- Place the bags behind the garden shed for a year
Next autumn the rich organic material can be used to improve the soil and mulch the surface after planting.
To make the job of clearing up the leaves easier you could purchase a leaf blower or leaf vac. Which? have tested 15 leaf blowers, click the logo to find out more.