News About Home and Garden- A Review

The point is you don’t want to be using leaves from these trees, or any diseased tree for that matter, as mulch for your home garden, or around shrubs, or other trees. Leaves from fruit trees are especially suspect.

Apple scab is bad news. Those piles of leaves you hate to rake up are free, high quality fertilizer for the containers in your patio garden or the plot out back. This is particularly effective if you shred the leaves. Shredding makes the leaves decay–decompose–quicker. Also, if you’re using less fertilizer, you will be discharging less polluted water into nearby streams or lakes.

The whole shredding process is pretty easy. If your autumn leaf production is covering your lawn, just mow the lawn. Then if your mower has some way to collect the grass clippings and the shredded leaves, like a bag, you just empty the bag into any larger container and spread the resulting mulch wherever you need it. Some gardeners just till the shredded leaves/clippings into the ground.

A rotary tiller works well for this process. You can also use the grass clippings, shredded leaf mixture to make compost. Composting is an entirely different topic, well beyond the scope of this short piece, but very quickly it should be said that the mix of leaves and grass clippings make a well balanced compost.

News About Garden And Home

Consider the leaves of autumn. The leaves of autumn provide some of the most striking visual experiences of the year. Songs are written about them. Children (and some emancipated adults) leap into raked piles of them with the purest of abandon. And the savvy gardener won’t complain about raking them up because said gardener knows these falling leaves are full of nutrients the home garden needs next spring.

The innocent (and free) leaves of autumn can easily be turned into rich compost for next year’s bountiful harvest. But hold on, ladies and gentlemen. Could it be that the showy leaves of autumn are not all that innocent? Are there dogwood trees on your property? You probably know these beautiful trees, as they say, are ‘under stress,’ a not so polite way of saying the dogwoods are genuinely threatened by anthracnose, more popularly, or better said, more ominously known as leaf blight.

Numerous species of hardwood trees, especially in the eastern United States, have leaf blight. Anthracnose is a fungus. Depending on the species, a tree afflicted with leaf blight has leaves that look like somebody flicked the hot ashes of a burning cigarette on them. People who talk ‘tree talk’ say such leaves look ‘scorched.’ Again depending on the species, sometimes the leaves just turn brown and drop off or curl up.