It’s DIY FRI. , where every week I try to post something you can do yourself rather than buy, which is a money saver, and can be VERY REWARDING. Some of these posts are crafts, sewing projects, homemade cleaners, homemade health aids, tutorials, and the like.
Oh, how I have a hard time saying “goodbye” to summer, as the days become shorter, the nights grow longer, and the weather grows colder. We oftentimes have beautiful Septembers, and this September took the cake! But alas, fall is here, and I have been learning over the last couple of years to really enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons. The Lord has adorned the Pacific Northwest with golds, chocolates and crimsons, and these beautiful leaves are EVERYWHERE!!
Leaves can be charming and delightful, utilized in fun, fall centerpieces and entertaining kids’ crafts. They can also be an an uncontrollable handful (sounds like having kids at times:-) ), and they can be instrumental in clogging your gutters.
Do you need something to do with your leaves that will save you time, energy, and money?
Just rake your leaves onto your flower beds and vegetable gardens! Some people like to dry out their leaves and shred them. Since we are in the soggy Pacific Northwest, I don’t bother drying out our leaves before placing the leaves on the beds.
There are a few things that I love about using leaves from our yard.
- I love how you can do two things at once with the leaves, cleaning them up while raking them right into the beds.
- I love how leaves are an organic way to help keep those bothersome weeds down without worrying if your kids are going to roll around in man-made chemicals.
- The leaves introduce organic matter and nutrients to the soil.
- Using leaves is a frugal way to minimize the weeds that come up. Last year I was amazed how much better our yard looked after the winter, when we removed the leaves compared to years past.
Alternatively, I have some different friends that I have given newspapers to this autumn with which to cover their garden beds.
If you have roses, you can cover the root ball as a nice protective shield over the winter.
In need of leaves? If you live in an area with deciduous trees, I am sure plenty of your friends and neighbors would love for you to take some leaves off their hands.
How do you use leaves? What kind of frugal garden tips do you have to share?
Update** Don’t use walnut tree leaves because they release a chemical, juglone, that is toxic to some living things, including other plants and humans.
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