fall leaves

Asked June 9, 2018, 5:30 PM EDT

we were using or fall leaves from our oak trees for mulch in our vegetable garden to keep weeds down. Then at the end of season we could just til in the soil. Someone told us that the leaves were not a good idea. Could you please tell us the answer for this. Thank you, White Marsh, Md.

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

This is a good idea. You can keep your garden beds covered with shredded leaves to minimize the risk of soil erosion and nutrient run-off in the fall and during the winter. These can be tilled into the garden in spring or left in place as a mulch between rows of vegetables.
As they break down they are a good source of organic matter and as a mulch.
You can also shred them and add them to your compost pile.