Dead leaves are strewn on the ground and, very often, we push back to the limits of the first snow to collect them. However, with leafcycling, they get a second life, and that fall chore magically becomes less cumbersome.
Lamicycling for green moms
One of the keys to homemade compost is alternating between wet and dry waste. This technique promotes fermentation. That said, in terms of dry waste, nothing better than dead leaves. So, pick up those that line your garden, place them in a paper bag provided for this purpose, and put them well protected from water (in a garage, for example). Remember to leave the bags open for the leaves to air dry. Throughout the year, you will only have to tap into your reserve to feed your compost.
Sheetcycling for semi-motivated moms
Do you have beautiful flower beds and now is the time to winterize them? Thanks to leafcycling, you can make them a nice natural coat. To do this, all you have to do is move your dead leaves from the yard… to the flowerbeds. You extend themunder your plants, up to fifteen centimeters thick, without compressing them. Your plants and shrubs will therefore be perfectly protected against extreme cold.
Lamicycling for the least motivated moms
For the laziest among us, there is the technique of letting go. Just wait until all the leaves are on the ground (before the first flakes, on the other hand), take out the lawn mower one last time and go around the ground. This operation will shred the leaves to the ground. Then we don't touch anything. We are patiently waiting for winter. Under the snow, the dead leaves will turn into natural fertilizer for the soil. In the spring, you will have a lush green lawn.
Lamicycling for creative moms
It's not uncommon to run out of ideas or materials when it comes to crafting. Autumn is an inexhaustible source of resources! The proof: here are two creations to make with dead leaves. This is the perfect time to start creating Christmas presents with the children.
Autumn Rose Bouquet
To make this craft, you absolutely must have fresh fallen leaves (which may seem strange). They should not be brittle. To make a rose, you need a very thin tree branch, green tape and red dead leaves or any color you like. You start by wrapping a dead leaf at the end of the branch, so as to form a cone. Using the ribbon,you attach this first petal to the branch. You repeat the operation, until your rose is complete. Then you can make as many flowers as you want and, once your bouquet is complete, you hang your creations by the stems, heads upside down. You dry.
Fall on fabric
To have unique clothes or personalized decorative pieces, dead leaves are very useful. All you need is some white throw pillows or sweaters, fabric paint and a small foam roller. You soak the dead leaves in paint, and you place them on the surface of your choice, face to face. Using the roller, you stamp the paint and slowly peel off the foil. Let it dry, and presto! That's it.