autumn leaves good mulch or not?
i have just been thinking recently, i have leaves everywhere in my garden. obviously i have swept the lawn and bagged up the leaves to make compost for next year, but what about the leaves that have fallen on beds, i guess i am looking at this in two ways i could leave them where they are to offer protection from frost to bulbs and perennials, and let nature take its course as i do have quite a lot of bare ground in my beds as they are all new. the other way of looking at it,- it does look untidy, and is it true they can cause damage to some plants during the rotting down process? also the weeds get chance to get going under there without me seeing them - i could collect them all and compost them and use bark to protect my bulbs and perennials looks nicer - but costs a lot more as none of my own compost is ready yet, what are all your thoughts on this? - have done it both ways in the past and both have been effective, but only in my tiny postage stamp of a garden that we had at our flat before we moved here. but in this garden i have been much more sellective with plants and don't want to loose them.
- 18 Nov, 2007