Autumn Tidy

Autumn is that time of year when your lawn and garden can start to look awful again. The wind and rain starts again, plus the leaves fall from the trees once more. Here you can find some quick, easy and practical hints and tips on keeping your lawn and garden looking neat and tidy throughout the autumn months with little fuss and effort.

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How to make a compost heap

It can be made of almost anything and requires no technical skill. Ideally, you should make your compost pile in the spring, however you can of course make one at other times.
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The difference between clean and dirty fan vacuums

The two main types of garden vacuum available to buy are called ‘clean fan’ or ‘dirty fan’ systems and they each have their own benefits over the other.

Clean fan systems in a garden vacuum work by diverting the airflow generated by the motor, down a chute and into a collection bag. Any debris that is collected, is shredded or mulched by using shredding line connected to a rotating disc, located just before the collection bag.

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Ways to collect fallen leaves from different areas of your garden

If you have trees in, or around your home then you are likely to be busy picking up leaves throughout the autumn. Fallen leaves get everywhere, and they aren’t always the easiest of things to collect. That is why a variety of leaf collection equipment is needed when collecting leaves from different types of terrain in and around your property.
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Tools to help collect leaves in the garden

A few leaves around the garden won’t cause any problems, but some people prefer to collect and dispose of them. From late September to mid-November, the leaves fall from the trees in the UK. While a few leaves around the garden won’t cause any problems, some people prefer to collect and dispose of them. Here are a few tools available on the market today to collect leaves.

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Uses for fallen leaves

Leaving fallen leaves on your lawn can suffocate your grass, but they have a number of helpful uses.

Around September / October is the time that leaves begin to fall from the trees. It happens every year and causes a headache for most homeowners, yet brown fallen leaves have a number of helpful uses.

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Why you should collect fallen leaves from your garden and how to do it

The leaves fall from the trees every year – it’s a matter of fact. They can look very pretty lying there on your lawn and thinking, ‘a few leaves won’t hurt’ however - there are a few dangers in giving them free reign over your garden.

Your grass is a living organism and requires both air and sunlight to create food, and grow. Allowing thick piles of leaves to gather on your lawn will prevent sunlight from reaching the grass, therefore suffocating it. Leaving leaves for even just three weeks, may be enough to damage your grass and leave a muddy mess.

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Leaf Mulch – How, what, and why

A simple definition of leaf mulch is: a layer of shredded leaves that is applied to the surface of the soil.

During the winter, leaf mulch has a number of benefits for the garden. Not only does it create a great weed barrier preventing weeds and other grasses from growing, it also acts as insulation for plants, protecting them from the winter frost. Leaf mulch also helps protect earthworms, which are extremely helpful in aerating your soil from being eaten by birds.

The off shoot of leaf mulch is leaf mould. Leaf mulch and leaf mould are often confused by many, as leaf mulch eventually breaks down into leaf mould. Leaf mould is a brilliant, thick black, crumbly substance that acts as a soil conditioner that helps the soil structure and helps it retain moisture.

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How to make leaf mould

Leaf mould, in essence is decomposed leaves. These decomposed leaves break down into a thick, black crumbly substance known as leaf mould. People often confuse leaf mould with leaf mulch. While both these substances come from leaves, leaf mulch is a layer of shredded leaves that is placed on top of the soil, which later breaks down into leaf mould. This is where the confusion often comes from.

While leaf mould doesn’t add many nutrients into your soil, it is a great natural conditioner. Leaf mould aids the soil structure and helps the soil retain moisture. For the best results, you should add a layer of leaf mould to the soil, turn/till it, and then add compost to provide the soil with additional moisture and nutrients.

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