Organic matter feeds healthy soil life, improves the water holding capacity of sandy soils and the workability of clay soils.
Recently I shared an article on Facebook about how Backyard Abundance, very similar to Abundant Design, is encouraging people to keep their leaves, and even ask for more. Here's the local news video talking to their director Fred Meyer.
Well, one of my customers from this summer took that advice, and we arranged a load of leaves to be delivered.
|The load arrives, right next to the Norway Spruce we planted|
He has been grooming his lawn for some time and it really looks great. Unfortunately homes in newer suburban developments are notorious for having poor soils, low in organic matter.
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More recently they've been looking for natural approaches, from using Milorganite and spent coffee grounds in the lawn, adding a butterfly and vegetable garden, composting and our recent project.
We planted several trees and shrubs to enhance the windbreak and shade their home in summer, along with a strip of native prairie plants for pollinator habitat. Next stages will include a larger vegetable space, natural playscape and possibly a rain garden.
These leaves are a great natural addition to the soil building efforts going on, that won't contaminate the soil or groundwater, but could actually improve it.
|Spread and ready to be mulched|
|After the first pass with the mower|
|Ready for the snow, a few freeze/thaws and these leave pieces will be rich soil|