Mulched leaves are great for your garden. They are an inexpensive way to amend your soil and protect tender perennials and shrubs from the wrath of Mother Nature over the winter months. If your soil is really poor, add a layer of composted manure over top the mulched leaves. The soil in my Kanata (Ottawa suburb) gardens was predominantly clay, so this fall treatment has really helped over the years. Your reward will be visible next spring and summer when your gardens look gorgeous.
A previous post described my Toro leaf mulcher and blower. I have since become disenchanted with it as my (old) arthritic wrists cannot handle prying one attachment off to replace with the other to switch from a leaf blower to a leaf mulcher. This season I purchased a Worx 3-in-1 model of blower, vacuum and mulcher that switches from one action to the other with a simple flick of a dial. Very easy on the wrists! No more carrying around a bag of accessories, another awesome feature of this new and improved model.
As with any brand of leaf mulchers, you must wait until the leaves are dry before you attempt to vacuum and mulch them. Wet leaves will just clog up the motor, resulting in a loud whining noise. Wet or damp leaves also make for larger pieces of mulched leaves instead of the incredibly fine mulch that is yet another great feature of the Worx model. Another thing to avoid while vacuuming and mulching is twigs or sticks. They too will clog the motor, not to mention damage it.
With low overnight temperatures and lots of rain keeping the leaves wet, perfectly mulched leaves was no easy feat these past few weeks. I found the easiest way around this dilemma was to blow leaves into a single layer in a sunny spot to dry before mulching them.
After discovering how much easier my new Worx model is to use, I donated my old model to the hospice that I volunteer at. They need it for the blowing function to keep dried leaves from gathering at their main entrance. If they do decide to switch to mulcher mode, it should not be a problem as the groundskeepers there have stronger wrists than I do.
Buy your new Worx 3-in-1 leaf blower, vacuum and mulcher today, you won’t be disappointed.
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