Turning autumn leaves into compost
Trees look lovely in their autumn colours. However, falling leaves means work for the gardener. Fallen leaves should not be left to lie on the lawn as otherwise they will lead to ugly patches in spring time. However, leaves can be used as winter protection on flower beds and under shrubs. As they rot down, they become compost and provide the soil with valuable nutrients. In addition, piles of leaves can provide marvellous winter quarters for hedgehogs and other small animals. They will thank you by loosening the ground and eating slugs. You can also collect the leaves with your lawn mower when cutting the grass. This will save having to rake the grass. Shredded by the mower and mixed with the grass clippings in the grass catcher box, the leaves will subsequently break down with the grass during composting to create a natural fertiliser.