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suzanne12-Nov-02 10:20 PM EST 6   
Ed12-Nov-02 11:06 PM EST 5a   
Susan13-Nov-02 07:25 AM EST 6a   
Harlequin 13-Nov-02 09:47 AM EST   
Ann16-Nov-02 08:00 PM EST 4b   
Suzanne17-Nov-02 06:10 PM EST 6   
Ed17-Nov-02 10:59 PM EST 5a   
Wendy14-Mar-03 02:13 PM EST 3a   
Susan14-Mar-03 08:39 PM EST 6a   
Shane15-Mar-03 01:23 PM EST   
Wendy15-Mar-03 02:50 PM EST 3a   


Subject: too many leaves
From: suzanne (suzelizwhite@yahoo.com)
Zone: 6
Date: 12-Nov-02 10:20 PM EST

I have recently moved to the country where I now live on almost an acre. This past weekend we raked most of our leaves and we now have 22 bags of leaves. Any ideas of how to use them? My composters are almost full, I have spread some on my gardens, I will keep a couple of bags to put in the compost throughout the year, but what about the rest? 22 bags is a lot! Any suggestions would be appreciated. Suzanne


Subject: RE: too many leaves
From: Ed
Zone: 5a
Date: 12-Nov-02 11:06 PM EST

Suzanne, how much of your 1-acre property is under cultivation, or is planned for flower beds or for growing vegetables ? This, as well as the approx size of the bags, would be helpful in appropriately answering your enquiry.


Subject: RE: too many leaves
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 13-Nov-02 07:25 AM EST

All those leaves must mean you have lots of trees on the property! Do you garden under the trees? i.e. do you have a woodland garden? On my little 1/4 acre (I envy you your acre!!), any leaves that are surplus to use in creating new beds or going into the compost heap to breakdown for mulch for the garden next year, are left/scattered under the trees to feed my woodland garden. If the leaves are chopped with the lawn mower or by a mulching leaf blower, the volume is reduced considerably and they break down faster. I never dispose of leaves - I figure they represent all the nutrients the trees took out of the soil in the summer, so the nutrients need to be put back in the soil by allowing the leaves to rot into the ground somewhere in the garden....

You could also just add some compost accelerator (and a bit of water if the leaves are very dry) to the bags and put them out of the way for the winter. Next spring you should end up with bags of leaf mold compost for spreading on the garden.


Subject: RE: too many leaves
From: Harlequin
Zone:
Date: 13-Nov-02 09:47 AM EST

Suzanne; with that bounty of leaves it is forever a question of what to do with all of them.

If you have a particular area of your garden that has many roses, leaves that have been allowed to compost themselves makes for great leaf mould for them in summer to re-constitute their humus of soil.

I agree though, you should try to reduce their volume by running the lawn mower over them once or twice then bagging them. Into the bags then goes some soil and some granular lawn fertilizer to help speed up composting. Put the bags behind a hedge or bush or anywhere you can hide them out of sight but can lay them on the ground. Then poke finger holes into the bottoms of the bags to allow entry of worms.

Next summer you should have some of the best leaf mulch and leaf mould for your garden beds, composter and especially for your roses. If some grass clippings can also go into the bags, that can help increase the heat of the mixture which will help invite the worms and the bacteria to break the leaves down that much faster.

If the amount does seem to overpower you, then how about giving them away to your neighbors. In a really good chopped up size, they can be spread back onto a lawn area where the worms will take them down.


Subject: RE: too many leaves
From: Ann
Zone: 4b
Date: 16-Nov-02 08:00 PM EST

We have 10 Mature Maples on our property and get millions of leaves too. We always bag about the same amount as you. The rest we tow on a tarp. to the veggie garden and leave them there for mulch. In the Spring once the veggie seeds have sprouted I take the bagged leaves and spread them down the rows, wonderful for supressing weeds. Any surplus go on my Woodland garden, the rockery etc., Lots of work indeed, but oh the shade they cast in the Summer heat.


Subject: RE: too many leaves
From: Suzanne (suzelizwhite@yahoo.com)
Zone: 6
Date: 17-Nov-02 06:10 PM EST

Thank you all for your help and suggestions. As I said I have already followed some of your advice by putting leaves on my beds and in the compost. I am hoping to add a vegetable garden in the spring so I will save some for putting between the rows. I also heard that our local high school is looking for leaves for their own composting program so I may happily donate a few bags their way. has anyone tried to dig leaves into their gardens? Would this work? Thanks for the tip about poking holes in the bags for the worms. I have tried making leaf compost before but this may help spead up the process! Ed, the bags are those large clear bags that they sell at most local Cnd Tire stores... Not much of the property is under cultivation - yet. I do have plans however. Thanks again everyone for your suggestions. Suzanne


Subject: RE: too many leaves
From: Ed
Zone: 5a
Date: 17-Nov-02 10:59 PM EST

Hi again, Suzanne, You have all kinds of suggestions and all are worth future consideration. Re your additional enquiry, I have for years dug leaves into the soil and consider this a short-cut to composting; in addition to leaves, tender vegetative materials of any kind are efficiently incorporated into the soil in this manner. This is my first venture into the up-dated site; so far all's well and look fwd to experiencing anticipated improvements.


Subject: RE: too many leaves
From: Wendy
Zone: 3a
Date: 14-Mar-03 02:13 PM EST

It has been a long time since I contributed to this forum. Just to let people know what I have done with all my leaves on my one acrea acreage: I created a forest around the perimeter of my back yard and I just let the leaves fall to the ground. I also pick up the leaves on the lawn within the forest area and put them in the forest area too. I have a periennial garden infront and around my forest boarder which I cover with leaves in the fall and then push them away from the plants in the Spring. What does everyone think of this idea. Should I be doing something else???


Subject: RE: too many leaves
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 14-Mar-03 08:39 PM EST

Sounds perfect to me Wendy! Do you plant perennials and bulbs in the forest area too? You're well on your way to a woodland garden - my favorite kind!


Subject: RE: too many leaves
From: Shane
Zone:
Date: 15-Mar-03 01:23 PM EST

Even if you can't find something to do with all of your leaves from the wonderful suggestions above, you shouldn't have any trouble finding places to get rid of them. I had several bags sitting in my back yard (visible from the back alley) and one day when I came home over half of them were missing!!!

I guess someone figured they needed them more than I did! Oh well, I'm sure I'll have more this year. :)


Subject: RE: too many leaves
From: Wendy
Zone: 3a
Date: 15-Mar-03 02:50 PM EST

No Susan I have not planted perennials in the forest area but will probably do it sooner or later. My front wooded boarder is stll not complete. I will be away all summer and will only have someone watering the garden. I hate to think what it will look like when I return in September.


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