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Mulching Leaves


You know everybody's always mad about these leaves. I get excited. I get so excited I get up in the tree and shake them off because I know it took this tree nutrition, or nutrients, to make these leaves so that must mean there's nutrition or nutrients in the leaves. So if I can get them off and get them in my lawn then I won't have to buy it again.

Well after you get through shaking them out of the tree -- first of all you get out of the tree like monkey Man. I used to be able to do that. Then you don't get a rake and you don't rake it all up in a pile and put it in a garbage bag or something and put it out by the street and feel up the landfill. What you do is get your lawnmower and take off the grass catcher or the leaf catcher in this case, crank it up, and mulch them down.

[Mowing leaves]

We want to mulch these things. This is a mulching mower. If you have a regular mower just go on over it, shred them into little bitty fine pieces, and those nutrients will go right back on your yard.

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

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