Your garden beds are probably in dire need of a new layer of mulch and that's exactly where all those wonderful leaves come into play. A thick layer of Oak leaves provides a nice "free" barrier of weed control in your beds, PLUS as they decompose they add a rich layer of nutrients to our sandy soil. Over time, they can improve the water holding capacity of our soil and provide fertilizer for your plants. All this for "FREE!"
There is one catch though. Yes, you'll have to spend a little time raking them into your garden beds. And, while you're doing that you can just keep telling yourself: I might have to rake, BUT . . .
#1 - I won't have to buy mulch and drag the bags all over the garden.
#2 - I won't have to buy fertilizer and toss some under each plant.
Do you see the savings adding up already? Keep going.
#3 - I won't have to spend time bagging them and dragging them to the curb.
#4 - I won't have to go to the gym today because I got my exercise in the yard.
Do you get the picture?
Do you see the benefits of not raking, bagging and dragging them to the curb?
I thought you might!
Hey, you might even try using your blower to blow some of them into your garden beds.
Now I'm really convincing you. Aren't I?
So, garden smart and don't let all that free mulch end up on your curb. Take advantage of Mother Nature's bounty and save some $$$'s and time. And, while you're at it, sneak over to your neighbor's driveway after dark and snitch their...already raked...bags of leaves. The more the merrier!