At this time of year, leaves can be found practically anywhere in the garden, from the lawn to the flower beds to the corners. Don’t throw them away; rather, gather them all into a large pile, and you’ll have a rich source of organic matter for your garden.
1. What is Leafmold?
The term “leaf mold” refers to the dark, crumbly compost that develops after a pile of leaves has been left to rot. This decomposed material is a gardener’s dream come true because it can be used in so many different ways: as a soil amendment, as mulch, or as the basis for your own potting soil mix.
How to Collect Leaves?
Collect leaves from the lawn, the beds, the paths, the driveway, and the guttering. Avoid using leaves collected from high-traffic areas because they may contain pollutants that stunt plant development.
Rake or blow the leaves into piles, then pick them up by hand or with makeshift grabbers.
You could also use a lawn mower with a collection bag to gather the leaves for you. If you raise the cutting height of your mower, the blade will mulch the leaves as it collects them. More quickly than whole leaves, the smaller pieces will decompose into leaf mold. The bag will fill up quickly, making it cumbersome to carry, especially if the leaves are wet.