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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: Reid
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Anderwood
Oct 29, 2013 11:34 AM CST
Leaves are even better if you shred them first. They get integrated into the soil better.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Oct 29, 2013 11:41 AM CST
Shredding works for many people. I have far too many to shred and have used them as is for many years. The earthworms help break them down with time. But the point of putting them on is as a weed block so I don't want them to break down faster. I need them to last until the following fall.
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Oct 29, 2013 12:22 PM CST
Good to know Reid & Rita! Thumbs up
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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Oct 30, 2013 9:55 AM CST
Gotcha Newyorkita. Yes, it would work better for a weed block. I may have to use those in addition to my shredded amendments.
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Oct 30, 2013 12:12 PM CST
I like to shred my leaves, too, because then they stay put instead of blowing around with every bit of wind. I just dump them into an old garbage pail and use my weed whacker to shred them.

There are no curbs up here in the mountains, so I go out to a friend's property to collect leaves. Most of those are already partially decayed and don't need much shredding. However, one this year's leaves start to fall, shredding is a must if I want to keep the leaves in place. Of course, I could do more work and collect wood chips from the utility chipping pile to put on top of the fresher leaves, but it's faster to just shred them and put them down.

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Lyn
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chelle
Oct 30, 2013 12:36 PM CST
For dry leaves I just mow with the chute pointed at my beds. Some shred a bit and some won't, but it's quick and easy and I get some green and some brown already mixed together.

Soggy leaves and any extras over and above what the beds will take without burying all of my crowns get raked into a pile and covered with a tarp. Those I'll use later, as necessary. Smiling

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Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Oct 30, 2013 2:23 PM CST
With only 450 sq ft of lawn, I don't own a mower Hilarious! , but I know I would do the same thing you do, Chelle. It's efficient and there's enough work in the garden without making it harder.

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Lyn
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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Oct 30, 2013 6:16 PM CST
My "kingdom" for a shredder. Magnolia and holly leaves take forever to break down. The top of my driveway is a sand pit, so I rake and fill in the ruts with leaves. Definately helps big time with tracton(SP?). I just hate getting stuck in my own driveway Glare Glare In places where I don't rake I'm actually getting "dirt" Hurray!
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Name: Lyn
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RoseBlush1
Oct 30, 2013 7:34 PM CST
@gingin

I agree

It's always something ... Smiling

As I am working in an older body, I sure am getting tired of hauling bags of leaves I've collected for mulch. It was easier 10 years ago.

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Lyn
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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Oct 31, 2013 10:09 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! shoot I'd be happy for 5 years ago Whistling
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Name: Lyn
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RoseBlush1
Oct 31, 2013 4:20 PM CST
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I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.

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