Fall has arrived. Many native Pacific Northwestern deciduous trees shed their leaves during this season. Typically, homeowners want to rake up and bag the leaves. However, we recommend leaving leaves alone. This is a strategic method of tree care that requires zero maintenance.
Do leaves in a forest get raked? No, the leaves remain until the natural biodegradation process takes place. This is advantageous for plant life and the environment as a whole.
Leaves contain carbon. When the leaves linger on the soil and decompose, the soil takes in the carbon, which helps with the soil’s nitrogen balance. Leaves are also a rich source of humic acid, which keeps the soil moist, minimizing compaction.
Leaves also make a good form of mulch that insulates the soil. This is especially relevant now that summer is over and the temperature begins to dip.
Furthermore, removing leaves creates environmental waste. Disposing leaves require a lot of plastic trash bags and transportation. Continue Reading →