Blazing Bright Leaves Signals Free Compost Season

The Gardener Tip of the Week is good gardeners make good neighbors.

Cold winter air freeze dried the leaves of the deciduous trees which line the streets of Diamond Bar. Now her cold breath blows the gardener's gold in the form of leaves piled high on streets and sidewalks. 

This is the time of year when wanna be gardeners can become real gardeners- on the cheap. Good gardeners rake up their own leaves to spread as an insulating layer on their own flower beds. Great gardeners use this time to get friendly with the neighbors. Shake their hands. Explain how much it would mean to you if you are allowed to sweep off the sidewalk and street in front of their home so you can turn the brightly covered littering into gardener's gold- compost.  



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Yvonne April 11, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Sounds interesting I will try this. Wonder if it keeps weeds away?
Lydia Plunk April 14, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Hi, Yvonne! Where I have lots of leaf litter on the hillside- there are almost no weeds. Where there is very little leaf litter- I just spent the day pulling and have more to go. A trick I learned from the head of one of the departments at The Huntington - If the area is flat, you can lay down cardboard (which you can get for free at most grocery stores) secure the edges ( landscape staples, rocks, bricks- whatever you have on hand- and then layer the leaves over a couple inches thick. I've heard this works so well, people are using to kill there lawns (I'm keeping mine).


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