10 Review (s)

  1. Tamara Y. T

    In the autumn, we usually burn leaves falling from trees and shrubs, but recently a commission that visited our garden community made a remark about the damage to the environment.
    What now to do with the leaves that are most often affected by diseases?

    • OOO "Sad"

      When foliage is burned by fire, it releases benzopyrene - a substance that increases the risk of developing cancer in humans. It is safer to fill a bunch of leaves with soil and leave for the winter, and in spring to cover with black plastic wrap and after a year get an excellent fertilizer for the soil.

      You can also bury the leaves in a shallow pit on the bayonet of a shovel and pour slurry. Such an additive will speed up the decomposition process. Organics can be replaced with 0,5% urea solution, which also contributes to the rapid decomposition of foliage. By the end of the second year, the fertilizer will be ready.
      It is realistically possible to obtain leafy earth in another, faster, but rather laborious way: the leaves are stacked in layers in a hole 50 × 50 cm in size. A glass of wood ash is poured on each layer. During the summer, all contents must be shoveled several times. By the fall, the humus, which is an excellent fertilizer, will be ready. The average rate of application of sheet land is 2-4 kg per 1 sq.m. It is used for soil mixtures when growing seedlings, indoor plants, mulching crops and plantings.

  2. Boris KOROVYEV, city of Kostroma

    Today the snow fell quite early. However, some trees in my garden went under the snow with foliage. Do I have to cut it off? Will this affect the winter hardiness of the tree?

    • Summerman, gardener and gardener (anonymous)

      If there are few foliage, then it is not necessary to cut it off from the trees. It is preserved on plants that have not yet completed the vegetation period due to early snowfall. Cuttings of leaves did not form a cork layer of cells, so they are densely held on shoots. If lignified shoots have well-formed buds, then the tree will well overwinter even if there are not fallen leaves.
      If the buds are poorly differentiated, and on the shoots there are a lot of green, firmly holding leaves, then these are signs of lack of resistance. Therefore, for a successful winter experience, trees need to warm the root system well, to whiten the trunks and bases of the skeletal axes. If size permits, wrap the plants with insulation material for the winter.

  3. Summerman, gardener and gardener (anonymous)

    In the beginning of autumn, the photosynthesis and evaporation of moisture slow down in the leaves. They grow old and become a ballast for plants. But by this time they have already accumulated mineral substances and metabolic products, so that they fall off, carrying with them nutrients. That's why leaf humus is so useful. By the way, if you collect foliage from trees or bushes, overfed with mineral fertilizers, this will have a bad effect on the quality of humus. And certainly you should not harvest foliage from the plantations that were subjected to chemical treatment. So do not collect leaves anywhere.

  4. Natalia KOZADAEVA, Tambov region

    At the dacha every year in autumn, fallen leaves fell into large garbage bags (on 1 20 l, black). There she added cow dumplings from the meadow behind the house. Packages pierced with an awl and removed to the far corner of the garden until next autumn. During the season, she periodically spilled the contents of the packages with Baikal. All this "wealth" for
    season overdid, and for the winter I scattered it in the beds. Then my husband and I moved to a private house with a plot. But in the flower garden the earth was like stone. I remembered about leaf humus. I decided to cook it right away in the flowerbed (my biggest flowerbed is 7 × 2 m). Gathered in the fall of litter, which was just enough to cover the entire garden. From above
    poured litter of chicken coop - 3 bag of sawdust with droppings. Winter that year was almost without snow, and frosts - up to -NNUMX degrees, even the water supply in the house froze, and my flowers slept perfectly under a warm blanket. Now I send all the leaves and litter from the chicken coop to the flower beds and beds.

  5. Summerman, gardener and gardener (anonymous)

    We have maples and lots of beds on the plot. How to use fallen leaves? T. Petelkina, Velyaminovo

    • Summerman, gardener and gardener (anonymous)

      Fallen leaves is a natural mulch that protects the soil from weathering, leaching of useful substances from it, and also inhibits the growth of weeds. In autumn, wet foliage is laid out over empty ridges, and in the spring it is raked into compost or dug up along with soil. It becomes a feeder for worms and soil microorganisms that process foliage into food convenient for plants. Fallen foliage is an excellent insulation for vegetable beds prepared for sowing at the earliest possible date. It helps to overwinter perennial vegetable and ornamental plants, especially prone to bulging the root neck. Maple leaf decomposes quickly and has an alkaline reaction. Such a blanket of fallen leaves can be used to shelter strawberries, garlic, peonies or onions for the winter. For rose bushes, shelter from the leaves is not used, since roses can mate under them.

  6. Yakov Malyshev, Togliatti

    Other gardeners do not know how to get rid of fallen leaves, but I use it literally at every step! The main condition is that the leaves are from healthy, far away trees.
    Fallen leaves encircled paths in the garden. The foliage fits tightly on any unevenness of the relief, it is convenient to walk on slush on it, it “dampens” the weeds, it does not need to be harvested - it will decay by autumn. I make fertilizer out of foliage. I do not stuff it very tightly in old nylon bags, cut several ventilation holes in them and put them away for the barn for about a year. Then I add the resulting leaf humus when planting plants.
    Sometimes I just scatter the leaves around the garden before digging. And I use them as mulch for the trunks of trees and bushes, as a heater for perennials. Only after rains and frosts can the leaves stick together and turn into a dense, non-permeable crust. Therefore, from time to time, such mulch should be stirred and updated, and with the arrival of heat-slowly remove (in the compost pile or on the path).

  7. Summerman, gardener and gardener (anonymous)

    TIP Do not use the foliage brought from the city parks! In most cases, along with it, a lot of harmful substances get into the soil, which the foliage absorbed with the exhaust of cars.


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