Leaves are a hallmark of fall. It's fun to stack and jump them. Children, dogs and adults alike like to play in the foliage.
Author Albert Camus said, "Autumn is a second spring in which each leaf is a flower."
Fall leaves are a nuisance when they fall from trees and land in your pond.
Dry leaves and plants of that nature are easy to handle, but what about wet leaves from your pond?
Ideally, you can prevent leaves from fully entering your DIY Built pond. You can prevent leaves from falling into your pond by installing your own home improvement pond network.
Pond nets catch leaves before they can enter the water. Learn how to build your own pond network .
With a pond net you can remove leaves from your pond . Try to remove the leaves before they sink to the bottom of the pond and begin to rot.
Leaves that sink to the bottom can affect the water quality and clog the pumps and filters of your pond ( Pre-filtration helps to protect the pumps, especially in the fall).
If possible, scoop the leaves off the surface of your pond daily to keep your pond healthy in the fall and winter.
What to do with wet leaves?
If you've got the leaves from your pond, what can you do with it? Wet leaves are less fun than dry leaves.
You do not want to have a stack of wet leaves in your garden to play in (your dog might still enjoy it).
With a little work you can transform damp leaves into garden gold.
Collection on the roadside
Depending on where you live, your garbage and recycling bins can pick up sacks of leaves during the fall season.
Check if your neighborhood offers this pickup service and if the sheets need to be placed in a special bag.
Many leaf collection services require the leaves to be picked up in a biodegradable paper bag.
Wet leaves form a large leaf mold. Leaf mold is great for adding nutrients to the soil and increasing water retention in your garden.
Leaf mold is mixed only leaves and water and may decompose.
When you start collecting wet leaves in the fall, the shape should be ready by spring.
When you shovel leaves from your pond, you can collect them and place them in a compost bin.
You can make the compost bin from a plastic or wooden bin or a wire fence. Stack the leaves together and keep them moist.
If you add a new layer of leaves to the stack, you can add small amounts of water if the leaves are not very moist.
Leaf compost is more nutritious to the ground than leaf mold but requires more work.
Leaf compost has a high mineral content and is ideal for horticulture. It improves the soil structure, contributes to the aeration of the clay soil and gives moisture to sandy soil.
You can produce leaf compost by coating green organic material such as vegetable kitchen waste and grass waste with wet leaves.
The compost heap must be kept moist and stirred every three weeks to absorb oxygen. By spring you should have a nice compost for gardening again.
Leaves are a popular part of the fall, for all, except for pond owners. If leaves decompose in the pond, it will affect the water quality and overload the pond with nutrients.
The leaves form a layer of mud at the bottom of the pond. It is important to quickly remove leaves that fall into the pond while they are still on the surface.
What to do with wet leaves from your pond?
You can either dispose of the leaves through your garbage and recycling area or use them as food for the garden.
Leaf mold and compost are great for gardening to add nutrients and improve the soil structure.