In the 70s people used to burn them in my hometown, I remember my dad doing it but it was noticed that's not really good idea when the flaming leaves get on houses, dry bushes, etc. And the city created a law banning it
I'm an idiot. I put the front leaves in a plastic bag. I forgot you aren't supposed to do that anymore. They have biodegradable bags now you use. I assume the hardware store down the street has some.
There were a billion leaves in the backyard and I did put those where the tomato plants were. I guess I should empty the plastic bag back there too. But there are so many leaves I don't think they will decompose. I should bury them?
I mulch the beds that do not have ground cover and even some that have
frost-sensitive ground cover. I add them to my compost pile, which is
actually leafmold because there is little other than leaves. I pile
them on my patio and on the paths through my garden. And I fill the
garden waste bin for the county's composting program. Most of the
leaves are from my ash tree, which is the last to drop its leaves and
the first to get new leaves. By the time I have cleared the last pile
from the patio and paths, the tree is already fully in leaf.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
On Wednesday, November 26, 2014 5:28:18 PM UTC-8, David Hare-Scott wrote:
David is much more virtuous than I re: leaves. (We garden on opposite sides
of the same mountain in So Calif, but different micro-climates.)
I don't have many deciduous trees, so am not bothered much by shedding and
don't have enough leaves to bother composting like I used to do -- kitchen
scraps and all. Now I turn it all over to the City, which rewards us with
quarterly compost giveaways.
The cosmetic aspect is what bugs me, frivolous though it may be. I don't l
ike my careful garden plots cluttered with yellowing leaf litter. Tired of
raking, I cover mess with small-bore mulch. And repeat. How high will th
is plateau eventually rise? Stay tuned <G>
we garden on two sides of the same mountain in So. Cal. but different micro
burying them will help them break down faster if
you have worms and moisture.
there is very little reason to burn, but for
some reason people think it is a good thing
i use leaves to smother areas i hope to replant
later with something else. right now i have a
start on a replacement strawberry patch that
should be ready in a year or two. i don't think
i'll be able to get any more leaves down this
season, but who knows -- the weather may change
and we get some warm days and i can end up with
more leaves to put down.
"Love Is the Drug". (Ferry said the song came to him while kicking the leaves during a walk through Hyde Park.)
What is with the eyepatch, and were many stewardesses backup singers in late 70s?
I have a lot of grass to kill in my garden over the
winter. How big a pile of leaves would I need
to use? Do I water them down to keep them from
blowing away? Will it kill the seeds too?
different species of grasses have different
abilities and reserves for surviving being
smothered. generally, those with larger roots
and stolons will be tougher to smother and may
take several years.
a few months through a winter when the plant
may be somewhat dormant anyways is unlikely to
accomplish much for the tougher sorts.
if you have fairly thin rooted grasses and
smaller plants then you may be able to smother
them, but i think it does take longer than a
few months. depends upon moisture, temps, worms,
pill bugs, fungi, etc.
it will not "kill" grass seeds, but it may
prevent them from sprouting long enough that
they can rot and/or be eaten by other critters.
i use overlapping chunks of cardboard or other
compostable papers and then pile the leaves on top.
wetting them down does keep them more in place,
but here i started with fairly wet leaves anyways
and the rains came. i don't care if they move
around anyways. about a foot thick.
getting rid of the grasses can be either
raked or dug up in chunks.
for an established garden i'll dig a fairly
deep hole and put the chunks of grasses and
roots down in the bottom (turning them root
side up). if there are a lot of seeds on the
surface i'll scrape them into the hole too and
then bury that all deeply enough that it is
hard for anything to regrow or sprout. absolutely
no need for weed killers or chemicals to prevent
seeds from sprouting.
mulch over the area will help prevent any stray
seeds from having an easy time growing, and those
that do sprout and grow will often be easier to
remove because they are growing in the mulch and
not in the dirt underneath if you can catch them
do not use leaves sucked up by lawnmowers as
they often include weed seeds too. if you do have
this sort of material available you can hot compost
it to help reduce the seed count, but some species
are able to even survive that too... i don't hot
compost anything here at the moment. the worm
bins get things i harvest after i dry them out
completely and they don't regrow from that treatment
They make wonderful mulch to protect delicate plants in winter and to
keep weeds down in shrub/flower beds. They are especially good mulch
for acid-loving shrubs like azalea and rhododendron. I pile then into
my flower beds in fall, just as flowers have been hit by frost and no
longer showing live foliage....leaving them piled around the more
delicate perennials helps prevent winter damage and when the leaves
become wet and pack down, they do a great job of stopping weed growth in
spring. By summer, they pretty much break down into nourishment for the
plants....or turn them onto a compost pile to build good dirt.
In the County where I live burning leaves is illegal, and carries a
very stiff fine; $15,000.00
Can't burn trash, treated scrap lumber and many other combustables...
won't be long all wood stoves will be banned.
I live in a small Iowa village and it is perfectly legal to burn your
leaves. In fact, we attempted to burn leaves yesterday but they were
still a bit wet so most of them did not burn. My neighbor just put in a
high dollar outdoor wood stove that is a hot water system to heat his
home and his shop. He only needs to put additional wood in it every 4 to
5 days. It also has a 500 gallon water tank above the fire pit and two
pumps that circulate the water to the house and/or shop when called by
one or both of the thermostats.
It is a pretty high tech outfit but on the downside it cost $8,000 plus. :-(
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