14 December 2009
I'm probably violating all sorts of rules by doing so, but I decided to use un-shredded, un-composted leaves as mulch in the garden this year. I figure if it's good enough for the forest floor, it's good enough for the Grackle!
We had a ton of leaves fall after the freeze, and so did everyone else. John swung around the neighborhood and picked up 12 bags of leaves, and I raked all of ours into piles.
I layered the primarily cedar elm and pecan leaves about 4-5 inches thick around the front garden.
My main goal is to suppress all the new weed growth in the front yard, so I figured unshredded leaves would be good for that. Secondarily, as the leaves do their own natural decaying, I hope they will start to turn that front soil into real, nice garden soil - not the hard packed clay that came from years as a lawn.
The leaves pretty well bury the small sedges and such, but those will get large soon enough.
All this moisture and light rain (John's mom calls it "heavy air") will hopefully promote smothering and composting. If we have a dry spell sometime this winter, I may need to soak everything with a hose.
Hope this works...