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why not ground leaves?

why not ground leaves?
Posted by Helen from N. Virginia on 2001-04-16 22:11:36

I have a yard with big trees and no grass, which gets filled with millions of leaves every fall. I sucked them and ground them and put them on all the flower beds. The ground cover has done very well as a result.
But all my neighbors bag their leaves and send them away, instead. What do they know that I don't?
Also, I see recommendations for peat moss. Could I not use ground leaves instead?
I would appreciate some understanding of this topic.

why not ground leaves?

  • leaves
    Posted by JD from 5b on 2001-04-18 17:18:02

    Helen,

    YOU are doing the right thing. Leaves will decompose wherever they are, but much quicker exposed in your yard than covered in a landfill.

    They are an excellent source of organic matter for your garden and lawn.

    When mulched, they are usually decomposed w/in a year.

    You can substitue them for peat moss.

    Quoting Helen: ------------
    -I have a yard with big trees and no grass, which gets filled with millions of leaves every fall. I sucked them and ground them and put them on all the flower beds. The ground cover has done very well as a result.
    -But all my neighbors bag their leaves and send them away, instead. What do they know that I don't?
    -Also, I see recommendations for peat moss. Could I not use ground leaves instead?
    -I would appreciate some understanding of this topic.
    • thanks
      Posted by Helen Abadzi from MD on 2001-04-18 23:07:43

      thank you very much for your reply. It is very helpful.

      Quoting JD: ------------
      -Helen,

      -YOU are doing the right thing. Leaves will decompose wherever they are, but much quicker exposed in your yard than covered in a landfill.

      -They are an excellent source of organic matter for your garden and lawn.

      -When mulched, they are usually decomposed w/in a year.

      -You can substitue them for peat moss.

      -Quoting Helen: ------------
      -I have a yard with big trees and no grass, which gets filled with millions of leaves every fall. I sucked them and ground them and put them on all the flower beds. The ground cover has done very well as a result.
      -But all my neighbors bag their leaves and send them away, instead. What do they know that I don't?
      -Also, I see recommendations for peat moss. Could I not use ground leaves instead?
      -I would appreciate some understanding of this topic.

      thanks

  • Your neighbors need a clue
    Posted by John from Ca/10 on 2001-04-18 09:49:20

    You are the one with the right idea. Leaves are a great source of natural nitrogen. Why throw away a free source and replace with chemicals? Read any article on composting to find out the importance of fallen leaves.
    • machine to collect leaves
      Posted by Helen Abadzi from 22308 on 2001-04-19 00:19:05

      Thank you very much for your reply. At this time I rely on a hand-held blower-grinder to collect leaves, but I would love to get a machine like a billy goat. I need something that will roll around like a lawn mower, suck, and grind leaves and small branches.
      Could you or someone recommend which machine to get?
      thank you very much.

      Quoting John: ------------
      -You are the one with the right idea. Leaves are a great source of natural nitrogen. Why throw away a free source and replace with chemicals? Read any article on composting to find out the importance of fallen leaves.

      machine to collect leaves

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