What is leaf mulching?
When the dry leaves fall from the trees, it creates a huge mess. We need to clean this mess and collect it in bags and make it useful for our environment naturally. We turn these leaves into compost to grow trees, shrubs, and plants. Briefly, we can say that this entire process is called leaf mulching. We usually use a mulcher machine to convert these leaves into small pieces. Because normal size leaves take up more space than crushed leaves. Mother Nature knows about these recycling processes. So to understand this useful process we should also pay some attention to it. If we don’t want to grow plants chemically.
Using leaf mulch over the years can greatly improve the productivity of a garden’s soil and also how well it suppresses weeds. Suppose we take the example of the plantation in winter. When we dig up our garden for the winter, we need to add a small layer of compost first and then cover the entire garden with a quarter inch or a thin layer of one and a half inches. Now we can easily plant seedlings into leaf mulch leaving a little gap at the stems. By using this method we can make our soil rich in nutrients, and when the time comes, whether you plant vegetables, fruits, or simple plants they grow properly and are full of nutrients.
There are many leaf mulcher machines including Worx wg430 (13 amp), le900 leaf shredder by Flowtron, Tazz, Patriot CSV-2515, Black & Decker BV6000, and many more. They have different power sizes to suit everyone’s needs. These mulchers have a powerful blower or vacuum, which helps clear leaves in minutes. If you talk about patriotic products CSV-2515, is an industrial leaf mulcher, because of its (14 amp) powerful engine and size. But if you have a large garden with lots of trees, plants and shrubs then you need this mulch for your large yard.
- The leaf mulch adds a lot of organic matter to the soil. It’s going to improve drainage and reduces compaction.
- It improves soil fertility with natural nutrients like nitrogen, carbon, and potassium.
- Also, leaf mulch is going to improve water retention.
- The leaf mulch improves mineral availability.
- The leaf mulch improves mineral availability, so tree roots go way deep down into the ground. They pull minerals and they transfer those up through the tree to the leaves. These leaves fall back down and make them available again.
- It reduces weeds when you have a thick layer of organic leaf mulch on top of your soil. This will prevent sunlight from hitting the weed seeds and prevent many of them from germinating.
Do’s and Don’ts:
- Collect the leaves from the streets.
- Shred your leaves, if you want to increase the time to decompose.
- If you till leaves into your soil, they’re probably going to rob nitrogen from the surrounding soil.
- If you have black walnut trees nearby, don’t take those leaves because they have a chemical called juglone in them. That is toxic to certain plants.