Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Golden Leaves

Fall in Wisconsin brings many things: corn mazes, apples galore, pie pumpkins, frosty mornings, and leaves.  Tons and tons of leaves, falling from trees, painting the ground a vibrant mix of reds, yellows, oranges, and a few pinks.  What puzzles me about Fall is why so many folks put so many leaves at the curb?  Tossing value to the street department!

There is the traditional compost heap to consider.  Pile them up, let mother nature do its thing, and soon you'll have rich nutrients for flower beds, gardens and lawns.  Or take the lazier approach, and pile the leaves on those flower beds now.  Spray the water hose every now and then to prevent the winding taking them away.  That was my approach Monday.  Next Spring I'll have a new layer of mulch added, covering the remains and maximizing the nutrients -- all for free (well the mulch is not free).  These beauty is tucked in well for our upcoming winter.

As a child of the 70s, I have faint memories of parents putting leaves in black garbage bags and tucking them next to the foundation of our home for added insulation.  I cannot remember seeing that frugal move in recent years.  You?  Seems like a smart way to insulate, and then dump the wintered contents into a garden of flower bed.

Enjoy the frugal path, and thanks for reading.

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