When you leave your leaves on the ground, they will just mold, right? Do they become part of the soil? Yes, they do. And even if they do mold, that is a good kind of mold that your yard can use. How does that work?

download-5In Autumn, nature provides your yard with lots of leaves. It’s a gift from nature that you may just think is a nuisance. All of the leaves and other plant litter can potentially add nutrients to your yard or garden, though.

 

You may wonder how this all works. Well, in Autumn, the deciduous trees leaves turn orange, yellow, and red. They then fall to the ground and cover your yard. Your annual plants will then wither and die. It’s quite the cycle. The plants use the ground’s nutrients as they grow then give them back at the end of the season. Even the coniferous trees will drop some of their cones and needles.

A lot of homeowners, and even those who work as lawn care professionals, have the opinion that the dying plants and leaves are unattractive as they sit and rot in the yard. Some even think that this waste may hurt their beautiful lawn or their productive gardens. You see people all over the place raking up their leaves, pulling up all of the dying plants, and bagging up the waste to be carried off and put into a landfill. This messes up the natural process of returning the nutrients to the earth, though. Each time this is done, a piece of natural fertility that was added to the land is removed. Each and every year, we take away the natural source of nutrients that the soil needs. We are then left, in the Spring, having to replace the nutrients we took away in the form of fertilizers or compost. With us stripping the nutrients away in the Autumn, that is the only way we can get a lush green lawn or a garden that grows nutrient rich foods.