We mentioned stealing peoples' raked leaves, and you said:
I'm stealing leaves, too. It's easy since nobody else on my
street uses their leaves, just rakes them into a pile in the
street. Duh. -B.C. -
As we did last year, we hauled almost 100 bags of maple (and
some oak) leaves from our neighbors' curbsides to haul in our
mini-van back to our yard. We dumped them 8" thick on the raspberry
patch after the canes were cut down, in several large compost
piles, around new trees and shrubs, and in areas where we're
trying to encourage new perennials and ground covers on our clay
soil on our back hill, where 30 mature dead ashes and elms were
removed a couple of years ago.
Our hill is becoming fertile and very receptive to wildflowers
...I returned the empty leaf bags to those who wanted them back
or to others who still had a lot of leaves to rake.
caution, though....I opened up a bag of leaves that had been
sitting for a while in damp weather, and inhaled a cloud of mold
spores and got a cough and raspy voice soon after...
We heap leaves and hedged-down foot-high eulalia
(a.k.a.Miscanthus) grasses around our roses, and top those heaps
with compost. We also tied up the "All Summer Beauty" hydrangea
with a spiral of twine, wound some 2' wide chicken wire fencing
around it to 4' high, and dumped in leaves for winter protection...
- L.N. -
Pictured at the top of this page, one of our gardens in fall
after we've raked all the neighbor's leaves onto it. It's about 6
inches deep in leaves.
Below, that same garden the next spring. No, the
leaves did not blow away. They have, however, crumbled and
decayed by half. The plants in the bed are fine and loving it.