We all ask ourselves every year… what are we going to do with all of those leaves? We love the fall colours but then dread once the leaves start to fall.
Organic fertilizer – Leaves are a great source of organic fertilizer, something that most people don’t think about when they are all over the lawn as a reminder of the potential hours of yard work that needs to be done. The funny part about this is that those same people would buy organic fertilizer from the garden centre. Why? because it is already in a bag, seems a little silly doesn’t it…
Mulch – If you want some great mulch for your garden you can run over a layer of the dried leaves with your lawn mower, collect them and spread them on your perennial garden.
Composting Project – Some municipalities take part in a composting project, reach out to your community to see if that is something that they do before you throw bags of leaves to the curb.
Insulation – Leaves can be used to insulate some of your more fragile plants, such as your vegetable garden or planters you have outside. Use chicken wire and some scrap wood to create a barrier around what you want to insulate, and then fill it with leaves. This will help protect the plants form some of the elements during the winter, and then in the spring you can rake up the leaves and put them in the compost.
Candle Holders – Leaves can be a great part of your DIY projects. You can use mason jars as the candle holder, collect some leaves you like from your garden, and then use a watered down craft glue to soak the leaves and stick them on the jars. When they are dry they will create a great layer of colour for the candlelight to shine through.
Leaf Art – Next time your outside staring at the leaves on your lawn go out and find some of your favourites. Take those leaves and iron them between sheets of wax paper. After that you can mount them on mate board and frame them. They can then become part of your reason decor… Love this one to be honest.
Leaf Centre Piece – To do this you will have to collect some leaves. Blow up a ballon to whatever size you want, then get some craft glue and water it down. After that soak the leaves in the glue and stick them to the balloon ( you will want the balloon to be tie up) this process will take patience as the leaves will take a bit of time to stick, and the balloon wont want to stay still. You can decide to cover most of the balloon, or just a little. You can make a bowl shaped piece by covering the bottom of the balloon, what shape you want and how deep the bowel will be will depend on how much you cover. Once its dry, pop the balloon…
Or just make a massive leave pile and have your kids jump in them 🙂
Leave a comment below if you have any great things you do with your leaves…