Recycling leaves in a Colorado garden.
I just listened to a podcast about trash and how different cities around the country deal with the cost of managing it. I’ve decided I’m all for charging by use. If people had to make the conscious decision about paying for the amount of trash they produce, maybe people would become more responsible about their consumption and employ long known recycling methods. How could someone like me with so much grass and leaves say that?
How I deal with the leaves of 10 trees on my quarter-acre lot in Colorado?
Well for starters, bagging is a huge pain. More importantly its a waste of good nutrient, but I’d always wondered if putting those leaves on my beds could negatively impact them. I’ve read that leaf mulch can smother plants when they get wet and compact into a layer. As it turns out, as long as they’re chopped up with a mulching mower or leaf shredder the material is fine enough not to create a smothering layer.
This was verified in Horticultural magazine’s blogs. I subscribe to Horticulture’s Feeds and always find them useful!
In the backyard the leaves just get blown to the outer edges of the yard under the trees. I don’t have to worry about smothering as there is still plastic under the rock in many areas that I have yet to remedy. The leaves from the lawn make it to the flower bed and in the front I use a combination of bagging and mulching. A large pile will remain over the winter in a section of the yard to decompose, and I grind it up to be put in the beds the next spring.
The compost from the leaves saves me cash in the spring as I don’t have to buy bags of compost.
If you don’t have space for leaves but do not want to send them to the landfill, you can compost them at Rooney Road Recycling. 303.361.6262 x 3