An expert at the University of Illinois Extension office recommends using your tree leaves as mulch, rather than bagging them and placing them at the curb. Leaves make a great mulch for flower beds, vegetable gardens, and around trees and shrubs, according to U of I Extension Program Coordinator Sarah Ruth.

She tells The Big Z in the case of flower beds, you don’t have to shred or chop them.

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Ruth says leaves are full of nutrients that can help the soil.

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