5 Tips for the autumn leaves

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As beautiful as the fall coloration is, sooner or later the leaves fall to the ground and make a lot of work for home gardeners and homeowners. The foliage must be laboriously removed from lawns and paths, from ponds and even gutters. But once you've got it together, it's an ideal gardening material. Unless the foliage is infested with fungi, it can remain underneath trees and shrubs. There it provides a loose soil and suppresses weeds. More sensitive shrubs used foliage as winter protection. On the other hand, the leaves have to come down from the lawn and paths.

1. Practical helpers in collecting leaves

While in the summer you gratefully used the cooling canopy of the trees as a shade donor, in autumn it is said that the leaves rake. A reliable helper on the lawn is the fan brush. For large areas you should always wear gloves - so you avoid painful blisters on the hands.

Handy in the field: rake the fan to the foliage

Remove autumn leaves with the snow shovel

Handy in the field: the fan brush (left). For the paved driveway, a snow shovel (right) is ideal

For winding corners, staircases and between pots leaf blowers and vacuum cleaners offer. The latter sucks with its narrow tube the leaves in a catch bag. The leaves are shredded and rotten easily. However, many feel the noise of the leaf blowers as disturbing. In addition, they are controversial among environmentally conscious gardeners, because they affect the wildlife (hedgehogs and insects). The snow shovel, which thanks to its large shovel surface holds a lot of foliage, has also proved its worth on a subsoil paved with slabs or paving.

2. Heavy food for the compost

In the mountains, the foliage piles up in some gardens and is now to migrate to the compost. While deciduous species such as hazel, linden and maple quickly rake to valuable humus, there are also exceptions such as walnut (Juglans regia) and stalk oak (Quercus robur). Due to its high tannin content, its fall foliage decomposes only very slowly because it inhibits the rotting process. Therefore it should not be given pure on the compost. It is better to shred the foliage beforehand with the lawnmower or the shredder and alternate with garden waste, mature compost and stone meal alternately.

3. Indian Summer: Little decoration ideas for the house

In the own garden as well as on walks through the forest and in the park one finds now in the autumn the ingredients for many crafting ideas. Even with individual, fresh foliage leaves you can make atmospheric decorations and tune in the house on the colorful season. The most beautiful leaf colors provide maple species, sweetgum, copper pear, witch hazel, ginkgo and vinegar.

Door wreath of autumn leaves

Bouquet of autumn leaves

With a leaf wreath on the front door your visit is greeted in the most beautiful way (left). A colorful bouquet of foliage decorates every table (right)

For the door wreath bind various leaves, for example of Eisenholzbaum (Parrotia) and Cherry (Prunus) with green flower wire to a wreath and decorate with ribbons. Form the felt into a cuff, fix it with a wreath of rosehips and leaves and fill it with maple leaves. Even glass lanterns look particularly atmospheric through the filigree leaves of a fan maple (Acer palmatum). Simply place the foliage in the space between two glasses.

4. Valuable winter protection for plants and animals

Winter protection with autumn leaves

Autumn leaves serve as winter protection for frost-sensitive plants

Tidy gardens, where hardly any leaves are found in the flower beds, look neat, but make it difficult for plants and animals to survive in winter. Therefore, spread fallen leaves several centimeters thick under bushes, hedgerows and in remote garden corners, so that small animals such as hedgehogs, mice and insects can use it as a material to build a sheltered shelter for the coldest months of the year. Frost-sensitive plants such as Gaura, Buster Mallow (Lavatera) and roses also benefit from a thick mulch. The same applies to cold-sensitive potted plants such as perennials and ornamental grasses, which are covered in a wooden box covered with dimpled foil, covered with straw and dry leaves, well protected for the winter season.

5. Where to go with the sick leaves?

Chestnut leaf with miner moth infestation

When miner moth on the chestnut you should definitely remove the fall foliage, as the dolls overwinter there and infest in the spring new leaves

Horse chestnuts, which already show noticeable brown leaf spots in summer, are most likely attacked by the miner moth. But how do you properly dispose of this foliage in autumn? Infested leaves are not allowed on the compost, because there is an ideal wintering opportunity offered to the pest.Instead, the green waste should be collected in large sacks, which the local community's recycling center will pick up. Consistent removal of the diseased leaves reduces the infestation over time.

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