Garden Tips

Use autumn leaves sensibly


For many gardeners, autumn leaves are just annoying rubbish. The colored leaves are also useful. Here are a few tips on how you can continue to use the autumn leaves.

Autumn leaves can be used as protection against the cold

Temperatures are slowly falling and the sun is getting weaker and weaker. Nevertheless, autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons, although it can be very tiring for many garden owners. Because during this time, the trees drop their colorful leaves to the ground in large numbers. Day after day we are busy sweeping it together and finally disposing of it in the trash. Stop!!!

The autumn leaves are much too good for the compost or the garbage can. There are some useful uses that I would like to introduce to you here.

Autumn leaves: 4 sensible uses

1 Use autumn leaves as protection against the cold

Many plants need protection from the cold in winter, and the colorful leaves are ideal for this. In addition, the plants are also supplied with nutrients by shredding the leaves. You can use the fallen leaves well wherever plants need to be covered.

The layer can still be up to 10 centimeters thick and worked into the soil so that the plants do not freeze. However, so that the leaves do not blow away and rot well, you can sprinkle some compost over the cover. The leaf cover is not only protection against the cold, but also fertilizer and also protects the soil from drying out.

2 Compost the leaves and use them as fertilizer

Autumn leaves shouldn't be lying around in your garden senselessly. You should especially remove it from the lawn, as the wet leaves choke the grass underneath. The easiest way to do this is to pick up the leaves with a lawnmower, and it will be shredded straight away. You can then add it to the composter with a little garden lime or rock flour. If you now add a layer of uncrushed leaves on top, you create the best conditions for a good composting process. With the additional “blanket” you protect your compost from moisture and cold and this allows the microorganisms to multiply diligently. The finished compost is ultimately a good fertilizer for your plants.

3 leaves as winter quarters for animals

There is a lot of meaning and purpose in nature - including foliage. Even if it is so annoying sometimes. The leaves can rest quietly under bushes, hedges and trees. Don't bother with the "look". For many animals in our home, piles of leaves offer a suitable winter quarters. Not only hedgehogs, frogs, lizards and spiders find shelter here, but also many beetles, worms and other insects. And these, in turn, are on the diet of birds that hibernate here.

4 handicrafts with autumn leaves

The colorful leaves are also great as autumn decorations. Whether as a colorful autumn wreath for the front door, as wind glass decoration or in combination with acorns, chestnuts and other natural materials - there are no limits to the ideas. Children in particular have great fun tinkering with things from nature. In addition, you can also teach them what individual leaves are and how to recognize them. Here there is often the task of creating a leaf portfolio at school. This includes collecting, drying, gluing and labeling the leaves. So your annoying autumn leaves even have an educational benefit.

Video instructions for the autumn leaves wreath: