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Falling leaves in garden

Post  sjbutts on 4/12/2013, 8:43 am

I am having some little leaves and flowers blow by and fall in the garden. Do I remove them? Or should I let them decompose in the soil?
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Post  littlejo on 4/12/2013, 8:57 am

If there are enough to rake, then rake and add to compost, otherwise, I just leave them be.
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Post  camprn on 4/12/2013, 8:59 am

sjb, it's a personal preference. Collect them by hand if your garden plants are small.

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Post  yolos on 4/12/2013, 10:26 am

I have a hugh live oak tree near my garden. The prevailing winds blow the leaves into the garden. I leave the leaves where they land in the garden in the fall and winter. In the spring (at least a week before I plant so the ground can warm up) I remove the leaves from the beds, let the soil warm, then plant. The leaves that fall in the pathways, I leave in the pathways. Then I set my mulching mower real low and run over the leaves in the pathways a few times. Someday, I will have a nice thick layer of compost in my pathways that I can leave there or move elsewhere.
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