Use autumn leaves sensibly

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The autumn is a very beautiful season: The trees are shining in bright colors and you can enjoy the last warm days of the year in the garden - if only the whole foliage were not there, which falls to the ground after the first cold nights and many gardeners almost brings to despair. But do not worry, there are plenty of ways to use the leaves in small gardens.

Mulch makes plants good

The foliage is good as a mulch for all plants that have their natural habitat in the forest or at the edge of the forest. They bloom with a mulch layer of leaves downright, because that corresponds to your living conditions at the natural site. The leaves decompose in the course of the new gardening season and enrich the soil with humus. By the way: Even crops such as raspberries or strawberries come from the forest and respond positively to a foliage cover in the root area.

Foliage storage of chicken wire

Are the beds already covered with leaves and all the compost bins full? Then buy in the hardware store just a few meters of wire mesh from the roll and connect the beginning and end with a piece of flower wire. Thus, with little effort spacious wire baskets that are placed in the garden and serve as a foliage storage. Due to the weight and the slow rotting the filling slowly sinks, so that soon after the first filling there is room for new leaves.

Tilt leaves in wire basket

Whether you build it yourself or buy it, the simple wire baskets fulfill their purpose and are a simple and good foliage storage

Tips for a quick decomposition

You can accelerate the rotting in the foliage container by mixing the foliage with a bit of grass clippings and shredded material. The fresh grasses contain a lot of nitrogen, so that the microorganisms can multiply well and decompose the nutrient-poor autumn leaves more quickly. If the lawn season is over, just take composting accelerator. The shredded material ensures good aeration of the mixture, which also promotes composting.

Soil improvement with Lauberde

Depending on the temperature, it takes about a year until the autumn foliage in the bin has become foliage compost. Although the humus contains hardly any nutrients, it is ideally suited to soil improvement for all plants that need a loose, humus-rich substrate. In addition, you can use the foliage compost to pile your bed roses to protect them from frost damage in winter.

Oak leaves for rhododendrons

While the leaves of the hornbeams and linden trees rot very quickly, it takes quite a long time for oak leaves because of its high proportion of tannin. It is best to use the fresh leaves as a mulch in the rhododendron bed. The leaves release rotting acid and thus lowers the pH of the soil - ideal for rhododendrons and other garden plants that do not tolerate high pH.

oak leaves

Oak leaves contain a lot of tannic acid and therefore decompose badly

Autumn leaves with winter protection

Do you have camellias or other frost-sensitive plants in your garden? Then use the mobile leaf basket to kill two birds with one stone: Simply put it over the shrubs and then fill it up with dry oak leaves or other foliage. This gives the sensitive plants an excellent winter protection. In spring you have to remove the foliage basket in time.
The practice video shows how to quickly and easily collect autumn leaves:

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