Creative Ideas On What To Do With Fallen Leaves!
They're breathtaking while they still cling to the trees, and they're beautiful as they speckle the ground with their multicolored vibrancy....but once they start drying out and piling up, autumn leaves can be a bit of a nuisance. That's why we've put together a list of useful and creative things to do with the leaves that may be accumulating in your yard.
Collecting the leaves from your yard and adding them to your compost pile is super beneficial to the resulting soil/fertilizer. When composting, it is important to maintain equal parts of green, nitrogen-rich materials, and brown, carbon-rich materials - Autumn leaves fall under the brown category.
If you don't already have a compost pile, now is the perfect time to start because you've already got a hearty amount of brown material just laying around in your yard. Check out our step-by-step guide on how to create a compost pile of your own!
Compost soil supports healthy root systems in plants, stabilizes soil pH levels, suppresses various plant diseases, and attracts beneficial organisms such as worms, which keep the soil oxygen-rich and help plants to flourish.
2.) Mulch For Cold Weather
Do you want to protect your garden from frostbite? No problem! You can easily gather and shred the fallen leaves in your yard to create a protective mulch layer that can be used to shelter any delicate plants or vegetables through the winter. Surrounding the base of your plants with shredded leaves will provide insulation, help to maintain moisture, add nutrients, prevent weeds, and protect plants that are vulnerable to damage from frostbite. The best part? By the time spring rolls around, the leaves will already have decomposed into the soil, so your garden will be nutrient-rich and leaf-free!
3.) Thanksgiving Center Piece
November has begun, and Thanksgiving is on its way! If you'll be hosting guests this holiday, it's never too early to start brainstorming decorative ideas. We love this pinterest post that recycled fall leaves and used them to decorate mason jar candle holders! All you need are jars, mod podge, a sponge brush, tealight candles, and leaves!
For those who may want to take a simpler route, try placing the leaves inside the jars with some mini battery-powered string lights! We love this idea!
4.) Decorative Garland
Pick the prettiest or most colorful leaves from your yard and string them by the stem on a garland! This idea calls for acrylic sealing spray, a needle, and thread. A leaf garland is an awesome idea because it has a lot of room for creativity. You can choose to stick to a single color palette, or get creative and use leaves of every color! Perhaps you will only use leaves that are similar in size to one another, or switch it up and use both small and large leaves. You may even want to incorporate a string of white lights alongside the garland to add an extra pretty touch!
5.) Scarecrow StuffingStuff old clothes with a combination of hay and unwanted leaves to make yourself a traditional scarecrow! This is a fun way for the whole family to get creative, as well as use loads of leaves at a time! Have each member make their own scarecrow to sit out on the porch or in your front yard through thanksgiving season.
Have any ideas of your own to add? Let us know! Email them to Mary at: firstname.lastname@example.org