This thread is in reply to a blog post by aspenhill entitled "Garden Chores To Do This Week (April 2nd)".
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Apr 13, 2018 12:54 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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Why remove the leaves (which would decay and feed the plants) before you added compost and mulch?
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Apr 13, 2018 2:54 PM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Virginia Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Deer Ponds
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The leaves in the woods are so thick that they pile up at least 6 inches, often more like a foot, and sometimes higher. The leaves closest to the top are loose, but the ones underneath at ground level mat really bad for about 3-4 inches and smother the plants. My ultimate goal is to shred the leaves into a fine texture and then lay them back down as an annual mulch (no higher than 3 inches) which would also add their decaying nutrients back into the soil. I even have a commercial grade leaf vacuum/shredder, but even though I now have the time to do it, I still need help with the machine. Until Mike's schedule slows down or I hire some help, I'm doing the manual raking and using store-bought compost and mulch - at least in the garden beds closest to the house. When I finish those and move out further into the woods, I'll probably hire help and use the vacuum/shredder method. Way too expensive to buy compost and mulch for that large of an area...
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