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Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens added this to Central Plains Gardener's October Checklist
Don't rake leaves; mulch them with a mower. Those finely ground leaves are free fertilizer for lawns. If you would rather rake, toss the leaves into garden beds — over winter and early spring, they'll break down completely and add rich topsoil. Maybe you'll even want to "steal" unwanted bags of them from your neighbors' driveways.Don't "clean up" the garden. Resist the urge to tidy your beds — many insects and other creatures have snuggled beneath leaves (many butterflies are in winter cocoons under leaves or on plant stalks). Cutting down plants also prevents winter snow from gathering and insulating roots from frost heave. If you cut some hollow-stemmed plants, water can even get into the plant's heart, freeze there and kill the plant. Let them be — maybe you'll have more wildlife and winter interest to get you through the cold snaps. Besides, you're tired anyway, right?More guides to Central Plains gardening | Find your U.S. garden checklist
Central Plains. Wondering what to do with all that fallen foliage? "Don't rake leaves; mulch them with a mower," writes Nebraska garden consultant Benjamin Vogt. "Those finely ground leaves are free fertilizer for lawns. If you would rather rake, toss the leaves into garden beds — over winter and early spring, they'll break down completely and add rich topsoil. Maybe you'll even want to 'steal' unwanted bags of them from your neighbors' driveways."Get his Central Plains October checklist

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Melissa Myer added this to Garden
October 4, 2012
Don't rake leaves; mulch them with a mower. Those finely ground leaves are free fertilizer for lawns. If you would rather rake, toss the leaves into garden beds — over winter and early spring, they'll break down completely and add rich topsoil. Maybe you'll even want to "steal" unwanted bags of them from your neighbors' driveways.
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