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Shredding Leaves with a String Trimmer

Every gardener knows that it is better to chop fall leaves into small pieces before using them as compost or applying them as mulch. (If not, here’s a text on the subject.) And here is an easy technique to do so:

Half fill a large garbage can with dry fall leaves and insert a string trimmer (weed whacker). Now just turn it on for a few minutes, raising and lowering it. It’s like making a leaf milkshake! The leaves will be shredded into tiny pieces of exactly the size you need for your compost or mulch needs.

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.

3 comments on “Shredding Leaves with a String Trimmer

  1. Having a nice looking yard does not end with mowing alone. You need to trim the lawn and edges to give it a professional look that everyone who walks into your home will envy.

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