What Can I Do With A Thick Layer Of Leaves And Pine Straw That Has Accumulated Over Three Years?

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WHAT CAN I DO FOR THE YARD OF THE HOUSE I JUST PURCHASED,IT HAS ABOUT 3YRS OF LEAVES AND PINE NEEDLES ON THE HALF ACRE BACK YARD.....CAN I MULCH IT OR SOMETHING????? RONIE IN ALABAMA.....


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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Ronnie-Depending on the amount of leaves and pine needles you have would dictates what you may want to do with them. Whole leaves and pine needles left on the ground won't decompose or compost quickly. After a long period of time they can create a thick barrier hindering water from moistening the soil and can become a soggy matted mess. You can rake up the leaves and pine needles and add them to a compost pile. This compost would be wonderfull to use around your gardens in time. You can find much on the internet regarding composting. After reading a few articles its easy to get a good idea as how to compost and use this material. I noted links below to a few articles in Gardenality on how to make a compost pile or bin and how to make compost for the garden. Just click on these links to go directly to the articles.

http://www.gardenality.com/Articles/436/Projects/Gardening-Projects/How-To-Make-A-Compost-Pile-Or-Bin/default.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Articles/231/How-To-Info/Organic-Gardening/How-To-Make-Organic-Compost-for-the-Garden/default.html

If you would rather not build a compost bin or wait the time needed to make a good garden compost you could rake up the leaves and pine needles and use them as a useful attractive mulch. Chopping them up into smaller pieces and mixing them together can be done by mowing over them with a mulching lawn mover. If you don't have a mulching mower a regular mower will work by passing over the material a couple of times. The shredded leaves and pine needles mixed together will make an excellent mulch you can spread throughout flower beds, under shrubs, and around lanscape borders. Spreading this mulch 2-inches thick around any shrubs and trees in your landscape will help to add vital organic matter to the soil as it decomposes. Using your leaves and pine needles every year will help to build nice rich soil. When spreading your mulch be sure not to pile it up against shrub and tree trunks keeping it six inches away. This will keep excessive mosture around the trunks from causing any fungal disease.

Hopefully this has given you a few ideas as how to use your leaves and pine needles every year without having to discard them. You may have a few neighbors that would appreciate a few bags of the shredded organic material for their gardens or landscape.

John)



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Answer #2 · Gardenality.com's Answer · I agree with John. Either start a compost pile and use the compost later when planting ornamental plants, flowerbeds or a veggie garden, or shred them and use for mulch around existing plants and trees.

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