Fall is a time for crisp air, beautiful colors, and showers of tree leaves. Cleaning up the leaves that fall in your yard is essential to maintaining its health. Leaves left to accumulate are susceptible to mold growth, and they also prevent your grass from getting adequate sunlight.
You might think those leaves are worth nothing more than garbage but, there are some nifty little things that you can do to make them useful. Use them as mulch, an enhancing element for your compost pile, art, or even educational experience for children.
Here are a couple of ideas for how to put your leave piles to good use.
Autumn is full of beautiful colors and an abundance of beautiful leaves. Take advantage of the leaves in your yard and create beautiful art that you’ll adore all year long. Here are some DIY ideas of what you can make:
• Leaf Lantern
For this enchanting project, you need all you need is freshly fallen leaves and tea lights.
• Custom Cards
Using blank note cards and adhesive spray you can make custom cards. Stick the leaves to the cards with the spray and send your family and friends a beautiful greeting.
• Leaf Wreath
Add some decoration to your front door by creating a festive wreath out of the fallen leaves in your yard. Preserve the leaves with glycerin, and you’ll have a beautiful adornment for the season.
• Fall Roses
If you’re feeling romantic or you just like roses, you can make a bouquet with the leaves you gather in your yard.
Get creative and recycle those leaves in your yard by creating beautiful masterpieces to be used as decoration, gifts, and more.
The leaves in your yard are more than just trash. They have several different purposes including benefiting your compost pile. Their nutrient-rich content can be used to enhance the amount of nitrogen in your pile. Adding compost that contains leaves will aid in the growth and production of high-quality vegetables and plants.
You can make mulch for your garden with dead leaves. Much made with leaves can be just as good, if not better than store bought mulch made from wood or wood chips. It also won’t cause as much damage to vinyl siding as wood mulch will.
Having your children help clean up the dead leaves from your yard can be a learning experience for them. Help them gather leaves to make a collection. Press the leaves into the newspaper to remove the moisture then identify and label the leaves by which tree they come from.
There’s one thing you can’t avoid during the autumn months, and that’s falling leaves. It’s best to keep them cleaned up out of your yard to maintain the health of your lawn. Instead of just setting them beside the road for the garbage truck, create a masterpiece, add them to your compost pile, make mulch, or use it as an educational experience.
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