The Benefits of Making Your Own Leaf Mulch

Many people regard the bunch of autumn leaves as a nuisance because it involves significant effort and time to gather and remove the fallen leaves from the garden. Resourceful gardeners, however, know them to be a treat! Falling leaves might have a massive advantage for your garden- you can use them to make mulch. 

Mulch is any matter that may be placed on the top of the soil to improve the soil environment for plant development and fertility. Like it sounds, leaf mulch is a type made from discarded leaves that eventually decompose to form a nutrient rich material.  This blog post will discuss the benefits of making your own leaf mulch. 

Improves soil nourishment: 

Some people make their own organic compost to replenish the soil, while others purchase manures and fertilisers from stores. Leaf mulch is a relatively easy way of  The leaves naturally begin to fall from the trees as winter and autumn approach, and your garden will have a thick covering of these fallen leaves that you can collect your own leaf mulch. The worms will naturally transfer the organic matter from the fallen leaves into the soil, which mproves the soil's nutrition for your plants. 


Improves soil ecology: 

In addition to improving soil fertility and reducing the need for chemical fertiliser, leaf mulch has the added benefit of attracting worms, insects, and other naturally occurring organisms to the soil, which provides natural and organic fertilising nutrients to the ground. 

Improves soil moisture retention: 

Leaf mulch is crucial for the soil's ability to retain moisture and regulate temperature. More water and moisture may be held in the ground by leaf mulch than by any other type of compost. In addition, it controls soil temperature to keep it hospitable for plant growth, which is why many environmental experts view leaf mulch as a soil-building treasure. 


Keeps the weed away: 

Those who struggle with weed infestations in their garden may find that leaf mulch might be a sensible and environmentally beneficial answer, instead of pesticides Weeds are deprived of vital nutrients, oxygen, and sunshine when covered in a thick layer of leaf mulch, which eventually stunts its growth and keeps weeds out of your garden. 


Pocket friendly, organic solutions: 

Many people battle with pricey fertilisers and pesticides to keep their soil in the best possible condition for plant development. Who doesn't like free things in this era of rising cost of living? Leaf mulch provides a cost-effective, free way to maintain the best possible conditions for plant growth and development in your soil. 


How to Make Leaf Mulch 

We make our own leaf mulch at Living Windows – so we’re happy to share with you our foolproof recipe! Simply gather and store fallen leaves, chop them up (some choose to mow them) and store them either in a compost heap or a black bag with holes in. Soak the leaves through with rainwater and allow them to drain thoroughly. Over time they will turn to leaf mould and can either be used in their half-decomposed state or decomposed which takes a few months. You can speed up decomposition process by regularly wetting the leaves. It’s best to use the leaf mulch in spring and it can be used on flower beds, garden soil and containers!  

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