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Q.Can I Use Fresh-raked Leaves On My Garden Vegetables Without First Mulching?

Zone 70420 Zone 8b | Anonymous added on April 26, 2021 | Answered

I live in Zone 8b, southern La.- 100 ft. of mixed vegs. tomatoes, peppers, squash, eggplant.

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Answered on April 28, 2021

You can, but it's much better if they're shredded, composted or otherwise broken down - even broken up by your lawnmower. When they're just fresh whole leaves, they can block water and air to the plants and roots. Here's an article on composting leaves

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