Herb is one of many Wellesley resident who have discovered the fun of shredding leaves for mulch this fall with a rake, tarp, and a quiet electric mower and blower.
"It beats trying to cram all those leaves into bags and hauling them off the to RDF," Herb wrote recently. "It turns out to be much easier to keep all that organic stuff on my property. I tried it out on my lawn first, then on my drive way and it worked wonderfully. The leaf mulch will be spread about the shrubs and will feed the compost pile next spring," Herb reported enthusiastically.
"As I see it one can buy mulch in plastic bags at the store or make it yourself, get a modest a workout for free, and live longer. (See Blue Zones special on Netflix)," Herb continued. "It would have cost me ~$200 to buy the equivalent amount of bark much in bags and the effort of hauling it in the van would have been a real drag. Dyed bark chips that do little for the soil is what you get for that money and effort. I'll take raking organic leaves and listening to the birds over that," Herb said.
Herb's quick driveway shredding 101:
1. Rake the leaves onto the pavement
2. Set mower high for first pass, lower for second, tip the wheel up for thick patches
3. Rake into a long pile and onto a cheap tarp with a weight at one end and a foot to hold down the lead edge
4. Drag and dump in a pile or enclosure for later use.
5. Blow driveway clean - DONE…. Listen to the birds, talk to neighbors
Same process on the lawn: shredded pieces left behind will break downs over winter - free fertilizer!