Fall clean up is done, you’ve tackled and won against the massive amounts of leaves in your yard. They’ve been collected, shredded into the back of your DR Leaf and Lawn Vacuum and are now a nutrient rich mulch, but what do you do with it?
It’s time to put your gardens to bed for the winter, tucking the soil beneath a blanket of shredded leaves! By using the mulch discharge hose in conjunction with the vacuum hose, you can easily take the mulch from the collection unit and spread it over your flower or garden beds. The leaves will be shredded for a second time as they pass back through the impeller, allowing them to break down even faster.
We all know why it’s important and helpful to mulch in the spring, but there are just as many reasons for using leaves as mulch in the fall.
- Insulation: By adding a layer of shredded leaves to your garden bed, you will keep the soil below warm, keeping roots healthy during dormancy and prolonging your growing season for fall crops.
- Soil Nutrition: Most leaves are full of nutrients like phosphorus and potassium. The shredded leaves will encourage the growth of bacteria and fungi that are beneficial to the health of your soil.
- Moisture Retention: By using leaves as mulch on your beds, you are increasing the water-holding capacity of your soil, which is always a good thing!
- Protection from Soil Erosion: When soil is exposed to the elements, wind, rain, snow, it breaks down. Drastically reducing the fertility. By having the protective layer during the winter months, it can make the difference in producing healthy crops when it’s time to plant again!
Fall is the most important time of the year to improve your soil. Mulching with leaves is one of the easiest, most cost effective ways to take advantage of what mother nature has thrown at you! Don’t leave your beds uncovered and exposed to the elements of another long winter. When you wake your beds up in the spring, you’ll see the difference!
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