Autumn is a beautiful season in the garden, with many perennials, shrubs and trees providing some stunning colour. But once the leaves have fallen, they will need clearing up, especially from lawns, where they will smother the grass, and from paths and patios, where they may become slippery. It’s also a good idea to remove leaves from gravel, otherwise it will become messy.
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Leave hedge bottoms untouched to provide shelter for garden wildlife.
Be sure to make use of the leaves you collect. You can compost some of them, sweep them under hedges for wildlife, or create leaf mould, which makes a wonderful soil improver.
You can make the sweeping and collection process a lot easier by using a combination of different tools and methods, outlined below.
Leaves for leaf mould
It’s a good idea to divide your leaves for leaf mould into different types, so that they rot down at the same speed. Find out about the best leaves for leaf mould.