Not much is happening in my gardens these days so it’s time to start “putting them to bed” for the winter.
A fellow Master Gardener friend shared one of her secrets to keeping her plantings happy – leaf mulch. Leaf much is preferable to hardwood mulch because it decomposes faster, thereby adding a slow release of nutrients back into the soil. Two to three inches of leaf mulch on planting beds is sufficient – double that for spreading around trees and shrubs.
There are so many leaves falling these days there are plenty of which to utilize one of my favorite tools – the Black and Decker corded blower/vac/mulcher. It comes in a rechargeable battery version as well, however I went with the corded as I haven’t had the best success with tools that have rechargeable batteries. Always use protective eyewear and gloves. (I also wore a mask to avoid breathing in tiny leaf matter that inevitably spays up and around.)