5 Ways to Repurpose Fallen Leaves

The leaves have started turning beautiful colors and fall is under way! With the new season comes new opportunities to find creative purposes for your fall leaf litter. We have five tips to help you get the most out of your fall leaves!

  1. Add your fallen leaves to your compost pile!

The carbon in leaves is essential to a healthy compost pile by adding nutrients and keeping moisture. You can pile them up next to your compost and add them in gradually all year. Don’t have a compost pile? Get started here, or check out your local farm to see if you can donate your leaves to their compost pile!

  1. Use them in your potted plants.

Mix dried leaves in the top two to three inches of soil. Overtime the leaves will decompose and increase nutrients, giving your potted plants a healthy start!

  1. Feed your lawn by just mowing over leaves!

Instead of raking up your leaves, just go over your whole yard with your lawn mower, this will chop up the leaves, spread them out, and allow them to decompose throughout the winter. Shredded leaves are also a cost effective alternative to store bought mulch and will help protect grass, flower buds and seeds in your yard.

  1. Create art projects with your fallen leaves!

Pick the most beautiful fall leaves to preserve and use for seasonal decorations. Leaves are a versatile art material. You can use them to stuff scarecrows, make a pretty fall wreath, and even for leaf rubbing art. If you would like to make leaf rubbing art, place dried leaves under a sheet of paper and shade over each leaf with a colored pencil!

  1. Gather leaves and help the critters.

Many wildlife species live or rely on the leaves to find food or make habitats. If you want to keep your yard clean, but help with wildlife then rake up the leaves and pill them up in a far corner of your yard. If you have a woodsy area on your property you can place them there!

Check out our segment about ways to repurpose leaves on MassAppeal!

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