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Nov 24, You can leave leaves in wooded areas, on mulched areas, under shrubs and around perennials as long as you think of them like mulch: not built up too thickly (” at most” and not piled up against stems and trunks.

(You should probably think twice about thick layers of leaves if you have vole problems-voles can burrow under the leaves and wreak havoc in your Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins. Oct 21, Decomposition of Fall Leaves. The key to this process is the C:N ratio, which is the relative amount of carbon to nitrogen.

Microbes are most efficient with a ratio ofwhich is the number usually recommended for making fast compost. The C:N ratio of leaves will depend on environmental conditions as well as the tree species, but the range for fall leaves is in the Estimated Reading Time: 4 mins. Apr 09, Create Mulch. After you shred the leaves, they can be used as an organic mulch in flower beds and vegetable gardens, around trees and shrubs, and in containers.

Simply apply a 2- to 3-inch 1901 Lynn MA of shredded leaves to the beds, keeping the mulch from directly touching the stems and trunks of the plants. The mulch retains moisture in the soil Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins.

Fall leaves are great for protecting plants against freezing winter weather. When it comes to gardens, it may be surprising to learn that freezing temps and drying winds are actually worse than snow.

The fact is, snow acts as a kind of insulation, shielding plants from the. Nov 13, Yes, leaves can be left to mulch perennial beds, but leaves like mine should be shredded first. For lawns, a mulching mower will break up the leaves, allowing them to benefit plants and soil. Unfortunately, the National Wildlife Federation link (from ) mentioned above does not bother to mention any of these strategies. (I do agree with not cutting back perennials Estimated Reading Time: 5 mins.

Apr 27, Common Reasons for a Plant Dropping Leaves. Leaves drop for many reasons, including environmental stress, pests and disease.

Listed below are some of the most common causes for leaves falling off. Shock – Shock from transplanting, repotting or dividing, is probably the number one reason for leaf loss in plants.