Now that autumn is just around the corner, the leaves on your trees will start to fall. The first thing you might think of doing, is raking them all up and throwing them away. But why do this when there are ways to creatively get rid of them and reuse them.
Here are some ways you can reuse fallen leaves:
Adding dead leaves to a compost pile is an effective way to increase the nitrogen content of the compost.
Add leaves regularly to the compost and then turn the contents of the compost pile to mix the materials well.
With regular mixing and turning, leaves added to compost will result in rich compost within three to six months.
As the days get colder the and tempratures reach sub zerop erennial plants and shrubs need winter protection of their roots to keep them from damage.
Dead leaves can make an ideal winter mulch. Mound the leaves in a 4 to 6-inch layer around the base of shrubs. Extend the leaf mounds out to the drip line of the shrubs to ensure that you cover the root system completely
This is a much more creative way to reuse dead leaves, and fun for the whole family too. Collect leaves and place them between sheets of newspaper in a heavy book for about one day.
Next, place the leaves between two sheets of waxed paper and press them with a medium hot iron for approximately 10 seconds. Let the waxed paper cool and cut around the leaves. Now you have some autumn decorations to use around thew house or scrapbooks.