Should I not leaf blow off the leaves from my garden?

It seems every year I have to add top soil because it gets blown away. Do the leaves act as good mulch?

  7 answers
  • Vicki Vicki on Jan 24, 2018
    Yes it is a mulch and protector.

  • C.B. C.B. on Jan 24, 2018
    Leaves are excellent mulch! You may have to take a spring rake & 'tamp them down' to keep the wind from blowing them away. If nothing else, a short fence staked in on the far side of the garden area [the area opposite where the wind most constantly blows] should help hold the leaves at the edge of the garden space. Otherwise place a circle of short fence material in the center of the garden & rake up the leaves & place them inside it-they will 'mulch down' over the damp/wet months....when Spring arrives you can spread the wet deteriorated leaves into the garden soil.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 25, 2018
    I put leaves on my gardens every year. One gets covered all by itself, it is under a huge maple tree. Everything else is covered in shredded leaves from when we vacuum up all the leaves from our huge trees. I till them in each spring, removing some where it is real thick to use as mulch around the plants until I have lawn clippings to put down. In my front garden, I remove the extra leaves until the plants start coming up, then I put them back to degrade into the soil. They help keep in the moisture.

  • Inetia Inetia on Jan 25, 2018
    You can collect fall leaves with a lawn mower instead of raking if the mower has a grass bag. It will chop the leaves up into smaller pieces so they will decompose faster. Just don't do it when they are wet.

  • Ann Cherkas Halstead Ann Cherkas Halstead on Jan 25, 2018
    i use leaves in my Garden. Before I plant I use my tiller and till the soil and leaves together.

  • Cheryl Biermann Cheryl Biermann on Jan 26, 2018
    Any mower can chop the leaves for you, if you put them on a couple inches deep then water them, that should pretty much make them stay put.