Mulch with Leaves

Gardeners who use leaves as mulch should shred them with a lawn mower, string trimmer, or leaf shredder first.

This prevents the leaves from creating a dense mat that blocks oxygen from the soil. A mulching mower with a bag attachment has the added benefit of mixing in grass clippings with the shredded leaves, providing gardeners with an almost perfect ratio of green nitrogenous material and brown carboniferous material ready for the compost bin.