You’ve spent all spring and summer tending to your garden, ensuring the flowers are in the right areas, and all visible signs of weeds are removed. Now that spring and summer have passed, and the flowers have faded away, you may think that your time in the garden is up for the year. Unfortunately, at BuySpares, we know that this is not true – especially if your garden is surrounding by trees.
During the final months of the year, gardens can become covered in fallen leaves. If left on the ground, these can hinder the growth of plants come next year. To make sure this doesn’t happen in your garden, we’ve come up with two suggestions on how to remove fallen leaves. We’ve also included tips on what to do with the fallen leaves afterwards.
Manual Leaf Collectors:
Manual leaf collectors can be a powerful tool within the garden, particularly in smaller gardens with few trees. This is because they offer an inexpensive way to remove any dead leaves and garden debris. .
Most manual leaf collectors, such as the are designed with a scoop shape and soft hand grips, to make the tidying of fallen leaves a breeze.
The Draper leaf collectors are also manufactured using heavy-duty, impact-resistant polypropylene. This basically means, the product is durable and ready for use whenever it’s called upon.
A quicker method to raking the leaves up, before manually scooping them into bags is to use the power of a garden vacuum. Ideally one which includes a blower function.
As mentioned in one of our earlier blogs, “2 Garden Appliances You Need This Autumn / Winter”, garden vacs are a great way to remove leaves from the garden. They not only prevent the need for constant bending down; but the large collection bags mean more leaves can be collected in any one go.
Even if the leaves on the ground are wet, garden vacuums with a jet vacuum will make light work of removing them. Garden vacuums which come complete with a blower function also enable you to collect leaves from those hard areas.
Whichever method of removing leaves from your lawn and flowerbeds you opt for, you’ll need to dispose of the debris. The easiest option may be to empty the leaves into your rubbish. But, there is an alternative, which will enhance your garden over time; and this is to create your own leaf mould.
Leaf mould works as an invaluable soil builder. Not only does it improve the structure and water-holding capacity of soil; but it also helps to add vital nutrients.
Creating leaf mould is easy to do.
- Step 1: Pierce holes in the side and bottom of your Kingfisher heavy duty garden sacks.
- Step 2: With the leaves collected, place them into the bags which you’ve pre-pierced.
- Step 3: Once the bags are almost full, sprinkle the leaves with water, shake and tie the bag up.
- Step 4: Place the bags into a shady area of your garden, where they’ll be out the way and leave for a year.
Once the year has passed, the leaves within the bags will have rotted down into a rich, crumbly mixture. This can then be used as mulch around the base of plants. If you leave the bags for two years, the leaves will be perfect for soil conditioner.
To help make removing leaves from your garden easier, at BuySpares we stock all the appliances and spare parts you may need.