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Mulching Leaves


You know the great thing about Texas is you get to use your lawn mower almost all year long. Of course we're not mowing grass at this time of the year, we're mowing these leaves that are falling off the tree. We're mowing them and shredding them up into the smallest particle we possibly can.

We're not catching them in the bag and putting them in the landfill or putting them out in the garbage. What we're doing is putting that fertilizer right back on the yard. We're mulching our lawn in case El Niño comes in here we need a good mulch on the yard, whether it's cold or rainy, or mild, or whatever.

Now remember, we fertilized these trees to make them grow pretty and grow the leaves on there. Guess where that fertilizer is now? Right in these leaves. So if you will mulch that up, or cut it up with your lawn mower, and put it back, you will be recycling the fertilizer that you've already bought. It's free fertilizer.

A lot of people think it's too much acid in pecan leaves and things like that. Don't you believe it. We need all the acid, we need all the mulch, and we need all the organic material we can and besides that we need to keep our lawn mower running right through the winter.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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