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Mulch Ado About Leaves

Hayley Sperling
Hayley Sperling
Posted on October 18
Mulching leaves with the push mower - stock photo

Mulching leaves is a great way to feed your yard. (Getty Images)

The temperatures are dropping, do you know what to do with your plants and yards?

Many houseplants that thrive in the outdoors during Wisconsin summers can’t take the cold of Wisconsin winters. Plants may get sick or even die if exposed to chilly temperatures for prolonged periods.

Depending on the species, experts recommend bringing plants inside once nighttime temperatures start to dip below 45-55°. Once plants are brought inside, make sure they’re in an environment where they can thrive. That includes keeping them away from drafty areas, don’t let plants touch the windows, and consider setting up a humidifier.

Before bringing plants in, be sure to check for hitchhiking bugs! Look under the leaves and in the roots for insects and their eggs. When it comes to watering indoor plants, only do so when the soil is dry and make sure your plants are in well-draining pots.

When it comes to preparing your lawn for winter, many Madisonians will rake and bag leaves for collection. But did you know that those leaves in your grass contain vital nutrients for the soil below?

Leaves make great mulch for gardens, shrubs, and trees. And better yet, it’s free.

To make leaf mulch, use a lawnmower to slice leaves into your lawn. Mowers cut leaves into small pieces, allowing them to get into grass and soil instead of resting upon it. Several studies of the effects of leaving and mulching leaves into lawns have shown the practice leads to healthier and more weed-free grass.

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