How autumn leaves can benefit your garden

Published on 29 April 2021

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Autumn leaves are a valuable resource when it comes to your garden. 

This is because up to 80% of nutrients taken by trees from soil ends up in their leaves.

By gathering and reusing these leaves in your garden, these nutrients go back into the soil to benefit plant health.

Here's some of the best ways to use dry leaves: 

Leaf mulch

This is great for insulating the soil through the winter months. Put leaves directly on top of the soil around your plants. To go one step further, pile the leaves and run over them with your lawn mower, before putting the shredded leaves around your plants. This allows for improved penetration of moisture into the soil.

Leaf mould

This process is similar to composting without all the other materials being added. Leaf mould is best used to improve drainage as it improves the soil crumble and friability. Your plants will love it! Get tips on how to create leaf mould from the Gardening Australia website


Composting is the best way to maximise the use of leaves. Compost requires other additives, such as grass clippings, manures and so on. It tends to provide the same benefits as the other two processes, with the added bonus of improving soil fertility. Learn how to create compost from the Gardening Australia website

Whichever process you choose, it will benefit your garden.

And for those who don't have time, autumn leaves can go into your green organics bin. Your leaves, along with other organic items in your bin, will be processed into compost, soil and mulch products for farms, vineyards and gardens. More tips on using your green organics bin.

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