Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Easy Way to Chop Fall Leaves

octobre 28

It’s best to chop autumn leaves into small pieces before adding them to the compost or using them as mulch. And the most obvious method for doing so is simply to go over them with a rotary mower. Even a mower without a mulching blade will conveniently chop the leaves into small pieces. If the mower has a bag, you can easily pick up the chopped leaves to place them in the compost or to spread them as mulch. Otherwise, just direct the blower towards to areas in need of mulch.

Leaves are easy enough to chop up when they land one the lawn, but you can also mow them when they fall on a flat terrace or a paved driveway. In places that are not accessible to a lawn mower, just collect leaves and spread them over a lawn so you will be able to mow them.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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