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Collect Curbside Fall Leaves for Free Mulch

By Newyorkrita
November 21, 2016

Each fall the last task to put the garden to sleep is to mulch everything with a thick blanket of fallen leaves. If you are like me, you don't have enough of your own to go on all of your beds. So, I go around my neighborhood and collect the bagged leaves put out by the curb.

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Name: Anna
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canadanna
Oct 28, 2013 7:31 PM CST
I used to do this alot and still slow the car as I pass some healthy leaf bags. The only thing I don't like is to find a bunch of acorns. I agree that clear bags are better but not used too much around here.
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terrafirma
Oct 28, 2013 7:40 PM CST
I use to pick up bags, but not so much anymore! The last couple of hauls were full of someone else's sand spurs! Glare NOT anything that I want here! Others bags are fineā€¦If you know what they are bagging!
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Oct 28, 2013 7:53 PM CST
That is why I only pickup in my immediate neighborhood. I can know where the leaves come from.
Name: Greene
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greene
Oct 28, 2013 8:09 PM CST
Free is good. Delivered free is even better!

When I lived in the northeast I would let my (certain select) neighbors (with lots of maple and a few oak trees) know that if they wanted they could drop off all their bagged leaves in my front yard. I also reminded them that if they used their lawn mower to chop up the leaves, they could use less bags.

The chopped up leaves went directly into the compost bins and I returned the empty bags. The fluffy black plastic bags of uncut leaves I stacked all along three sides of my house foundation to add a layer of insulation to our chilly basement.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Oct 28, 2013 8:14 PM CST
Sounds great but my neighbors don't deliver.
Name: Greene
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greene
Oct 28, 2013 9:10 PM CST
Ya gotta give 'em all some tomatoes.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Oct 28, 2013 9:12 PM CST
I give my neighbors plenty of tomatoes. But no fall leaves get delivered.
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Marilyn
Oct 28, 2013 9:59 PM CST
They don't bag leaves & put them at the curb here.

You can pile lots of whole leaves and put them on top your beds?! I thought that one shouldn't top the flowerbeds with whole leaves.

Have to start doing that. Thumbs up
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Oct 28, 2013 10:04 PM CST
Some people chop them. I never have. I use them as is and I have been doing this for many, many years. Big bulbs push thru but don't plant tiny bulbs like species crocus as they can not get thru the mulch. My daylilies mush thru the mulch just fine.
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Marilyn
Oct 28, 2013 10:49 PM CST
What do you do about Chionodoxa & Crocus bulbs? They're small bulbs and flowers. I'm all ears!

You don't cover existing plants with leaves?! Do you put leaves around plants as you would with wood mulch?
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qwilter
Oct 29, 2013 6:49 AM CST
When I lived in MD, I'd pile the leaves in the gardens while my neighbors removed all theirs. Then come Spring, my bulbs were up weeks before theirs. And I left my Canna korns in the ground all winter. They never froze. And rarely had to add any bagged mulch.
Last year I volunteered to rake up a friends pine needles. They have been "cooking" out in my compost pile. I'll soon be spread them on the garden.
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Bonehead
Oct 29, 2013 10:34 AM CST
Another ready source for leaves would be a local yard service business. My brother-in-law runs one and has told me I am welcome to as many as I want - with the caveat that most of his clients use more chemicals on their lawns, shrubs, and trees than I am probably comfortable with. I usually have enough of my own, so have not taken him up on the offer.
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Newyorkrita
Oct 29, 2013 11:12 AM CST
Marilyn said:What do you do about Chionodoxa & Crocus bulbs? They're small bulbs and flowers. I'm all ears!

You don't cover existing plants with leaves?! Do you put leaves around plants as you would with wood mulch?


Marilyn, large flowered crocus (crocus vernus) does fine in my leaf mulched beds. The smaller corm of species types do not. They can't push thru the heavy mulch. I know, I tried it. So now I am planting the small crocus and the Chionodoxa directly in the lawn.

Yes, I put the leaves around plants like you might with a bagged mulch.
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Marilyn
Oct 29, 2013 12:21 PM CST
Thanks Rita for all your help! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
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Newyorkrita
Oct 29, 2013 12:23 PM CST
No problem,. Always ask if you have questions.
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jvdubb
Oct 29, 2013 12:26 PM CST
I've collected the neighborhood leaves for years. I get such strange looks scooping up the bags.

This year I am giving my neighbors yard waste bags to entice them to save their leaves for me.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Oct 29, 2013 12:38 PM CST
When I see the bagged leaves set out by the curb I just think of all those leaves going to waste. They are just the best thing for my garden.
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4susiesjoy
Oct 29, 2013 5:31 PM CST
Being in the country we don't have curbs to pick up the leaves from but we have a leaf dump where anybody can put their leaves and the city brings the ones they pick up. I get as many pickup loads as I can and shred them with my grass and put it on my flower beds. I also put as many as the tiller will work with and till them into the veggie garden. It has really improved the sandy soil and helped keep the weeds out of the flower beds and helped the flowers grow! Smiling !
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canadanna
Oct 29, 2013 5:49 PM CST
Good suggestions to give out bags and to target the neighbors with desirable leaves. One year I was making new beds, so I offered to mow/mulch some of my new neighbors' leaves. I got a lot of strange looks from the other neighbors on the block
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holity
Oct 29, 2013 8:02 PM CST
Lucky me, in our area people have to put leaves and other yard waste in big biodegradable paper bags. I pick them up, pile the bags behind my shed, and poke holes in them with my garden fork so they can get air & rain inside.
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