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How to Use Fallen Leaves to Make Your Yard Better

Fall is a gorgeous season for many reasons. For example, the cloudy nature of fall means that there is more saturation outside, which means that photographs look nicer. However, the number one aesthetic benefit of the fall is that the leaves change and begin to fall down. All of the different autumn colors that nature paints on leaves make the light during fall just glow, and makes the Utah mountains look like a beautiful painted backdrop. Sadly, many people tend to just look at fallen leaves as trash on the ground that they have to pick up. To help mitigate some of that frustration, here are some fun projects that you can use those fallen leaves for…

Composting

If you like to do a lot of gardening, then leaves are a great base material to make wonderful compost, which can help fertilize your soil and make it better for growing all sorts of things. However, even if you don’t like gardening or do any of it yourself, you can still make compost piles and then have the city pick it up, where they will distribute it to somebody who is growing food. With any luck, the leaves that fall on your lawn could end up being a vital ingredient in the crops that end up on your dinner plate.

Mulch

Another way that you can use fallen leaves to make better soil is to use it more decoratively on your landscaping by turning it into mulch. Essentially, laying a layer of leaves on your flower bed or around your bushes adds a natural aesthetic that fits in the season, as well as makes your plants grow even better.

Leave them on a strategic spot of grass

Sometimes, raking up all of the leaves is the fun part of the chore, but picking them up and trying to get rid of them is the part that really stinks. Well, if you feel this way, then you might actually have a reason not to pick them up. If you have a spot on your lawn where grass just refuses to grow well, then you can rake up a large pile of leaves on top of it, and then let the snow cover it until it disintigrates down into the soil. If you leave it until spring, then your grass will grow back greener and stronger there.

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