For bedding and as feeds for animals
For people who own small animals such as goats and sheep, you can take advantage of the plenty autumn leaves that may be lying on your garden.
You can use the autumn leaves as winter food and bedding for these small animals.
Maybe a neighbor has these animals.
You can offer them to deliver your pile of leaves and they can use this as a cost effective alternative to expensive bedding and feeds.
You can use a lawn mower or a leaf vac to do this.
These leaves are filled with brown material that is high in carbon.
What you can do is alternate the brown with green materials on your compost pit.
For example, place a layer of fruit peelings or other foods then layer the brown leaves afterwards.
This is a great way to make use of the leaves and enrich the garden come summer.
Let it sit through winter so that it effectively decomposes into basic components and earth.
Save some of the leaves and place them in a garbage bag or a sealed barrel.
If they are dry enough, you won’t have any issues of smells.
When spring arrives, you have a pile of dried leaves that you can use to fertilize the garden.
This is a great way to minimize the cost of buying expensive fertilizer when you can just save money and enjoy reintroducing the leaves back to the earth.
Decorate with a vase
Colorful leaves of browns, oranges and reds can warm up any room.
If you are someone who likes to give the home a little bit of a seasonal appeal, take advantage of the dried leaves out on your garden.
Take some leaves with pretty good structure: not too dry and has a nice color to it.
Get some sticks at least 15 inches long.
Collect a handful of these sticks.
Get a vase and make sure that the sticks can sit on the vase with a little bit of angle to the sides. You can also tie some raffia on the sticks.
Make sure that the leaves have some branches sticking out so that you can set them into the sides, creating a lovely autumn accent.
One good alternative is to collect sticks and lightly tie both ends with raffia and stick the leaves into the gaps, creating a pattern all around the sticks.
Use bigger leaves at the bottom and smaller leaves at the base.
A nice look for your front door is a wreath with lovely leaves. Get a basic wreath made of straw or grape vine.
Mix the medium and small leaves together.
Place the bigger leaves first from the bottom area spreading out to the sides, leaving the top and inner center bare.
Then, add the smaller leaves.
This creates a nice transition. You could also play with the colors.
Add some orange, red and brown leaves and play with the colors to make the wreath interesting.
Add some accents like ribbons or maybe dried fruit for a more aromatic appeal.