As North Carolinians, we’re used to seeing piles of pine needles from the lush, green forests that cover our state from the beach to the mountains. But in Autumn we’re treated to a spectrum of colors as the leaves turn and fall to the ground; signaling the end of hot, humid summers and the beginning of a cool, Southern winter.
Regardless of where in North Carolina you live, you’ve probably got a yard full of leaves by November. The question is: what should you do with fall leaves?
It’s a question that’s been plaguing property owners for years, and yet there’s still much debate on what the right answer is. Some say that leaf removal is the right choice, where others believe it is best to let them decompose naturally. In reality, how you handle your fall leaves is up to you, and should depend on things like your garden, soil, and landscaping.
But, if you’re not sure what the right solution for your yard is, American Property Experts has some suggestions on what you can do with your fall leaves.
1. Collect them and drop them off with us!
There are plenty of ways to collect leaves. You can blow them into a pile, rake them onto a tarp, or suck them up with a leaf vacuum. Regardless of how you collect your leaves, once you’re done you can always bag or box them up and bring them to either of our Wilmington, NC vegetative debris drop off locations
Plus, we take more than leaves! You can also bring your stumps, trunks, and branches to American Property Experts for us to turn into eco-friendly, recycled mulch
2. Use leaves to winterize your garden.
Dried leaves make excellent insulators, especially in areas with a dry winter climate. If you have plants that will be staying outside and uncovered, you can surround them with whole, dried leaves to help prepare your garden for winter
3. Add them to your compost.
Whether you have an indoor bin or an outdoor pit, you can use autumn leaves to bolster your compost and keep it going strong throughout the colder months. When spring arrives, your compost will be richer than ever before!
4. Mow over leaves for a DIY fertilizer.
Leaves are full of nutrients that can provide your grass and plants with a huge immune system boost. For optimal results and a quick breakdown, it’s best to spread your leaves in a layer and mow over them several times until they’re finely chopped. Afterward, sprinkle them throughout your yard, over your flower beds, and inside your raised boxes to reap the rewards.
5. Create a weed barrier.
Like you can use leaves for insulation purposes, you can also use them to stop the spread of weeds. A thin layer of whole or broken leaves can keep weeds from getting the nutrients they need to grow. Plus, they can also prevent weed seeds from being able to reach the soil in the first place!
6. Generate leaf mold.
Even though it sounds like something you’d want to discourage, leaf mold is a mineral-rich, natural fertilizer. All you have to do is collect leaves in an environment that holds moisture well, like bags or bins, keep them moist, and wait. It takes a couple of years of moistening the leaves every few months but it'll eventually reward you with the perfect material to help fuel your plants.
7. Use them for decoration.
There’s no denying that leaves come in all kinds of colors, shapes, and sizes, so why not take advantage of their beauty! You can preserve and frame leaves, place them in floral arrangements or use them for crafts to do with your kids.
There are plenty of ways to make good use of fallen leaves, so don’t let them go to waste! Taking advantage of the vegetative debris drop-off services at American Property Experts is a sure-fire way to make sure you're reusing your leaves in the most sustainable way possible. While you’re at it, why not use our soil and mulch calculator
to find out exactly what you’ll need to get your garden ready next spring!
And don’t forget, if you need help with any of our other services, from wood grinding
to land clearing
, all you have to do is get in touch with us for a free estimate