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The age old leaf question!

i know a similar question has been posted on here before about veggie borders, but my query is about a shrub one. My neighbour has a MASSIVE willow, most of which overhangs my garden. We also have a prevailing SW wind which means my garden gets the bulk of the leaves at this time of the year. Every autumn I laboriously clear the debris and put it in my green bin but I'm wondering if it is ok just to rake the leaves straight off the lawn onto the beds? Apart from a very few perennials (phlox, Japanese anenomes and Acanthus) they are mostly full of evergreens like bay, choisya, mahonia, photinia etc (Tough as old boots shrubs! ????) 

many thanks.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299

    I have a pretty lackadaisical approach to leaves. The fall where they fall. Nothing seems to suffer. 

    If I grew alpines I might have a re-think.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,551

    Sarah, a common sense approach is everything. If they seem too deep around plants, clear some , if not, then leave them. That'd be my advice.

  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 5,100

    I find that leaves are pretty harmless and mostly beneficial - a free mulch and weed-suppressant plus a home for mini-beasts. 

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
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