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Old 11-18-2013, 02:21 PM   #11
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I'm bumping this up so Everyone can see how important leaves are for the soil: It doesn't matter what the circumstances are.

The great thing about leaves is gives the microscopic critters cover and food. Then come spring the soil hasn't had all the life frozen out or leached out of it.

Another plus is chemicals become available after the leaves break down: Magnesium, Iron, and Calcium are "Mined" by the tree roots from the subsoil and adding leaves makes sure we have these lesser minerals in our gardens and diets.
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:06 PM   #12
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Thanks sprucetree. It's exactly what asked about.
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:41 PM   #13
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I'm bumping this up so Everyone can see how important leaves are for the soil: It doesn't matter what the circumstances are.

The great thing about leaves is gives the microscopic critters cover and food. Then come spring the soil hasn't had all the life frozen out or leached out of it.

Another plus is chemicals become available after the leaves break down: Magnesium, Iron, and Calcium are "Mined" by the tree roots from the subsoil and adding leaves makes sure we have these lesser minerals in our gardens and diets.

Thanks, sprucetree. Funny thing is I thought I was seeing something I missed the first time around...until I noticed that I already commented on it way back when. It is definitely worth seeing again...and a great time of the year to bump it up.

Thanks for adding some valuable points.
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:13 PM   #14
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Thanks sprucetree I have never seen that before. I think lawn grass should be banned. I was raking leaves one time and disturbed a toad. I never raked leaves again. I see some people pileing leaves very high around tree trunks. Its good they are using the leaves. They need to be careful not to rot the trunk and suffocate the roots though.
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