The fallen leaves of Autumn are a sign of the the hope and regeneration of future seasons. You can pick up inspiration from the sight of golden brown and russet coloured leaves. Who has not been enraptured, at some stage in their life, by the scent of damp leaves or the rustle of crisp, dry leaves kicked up as you pass through a leaf strewn glade.
Uses of Leaves
- Broad-leafed trees shed their leaves annually to create a carpet of slowly rotting organic matter in woodlands.
- The carpet of leaves acts as a mulch and encourages worm activity that takes air and water down to the tree roots.
- Leaves are habitats of a variety of creatures and provide nesting and hibernation resources.
- Gardeners can collect leaves separately from the compost heap and they will rot down to form a good quality leaf mold. It is a cold and thus slower process than composting.
- Shredded leaves can be added to the compost heap, in small quantities, as part of the ‘brown constituent’ of the pile.
You can collect fallen leaves with a multi tine rake