Pile of leaves and brushwood: the gold of the natural garden

The leaves fall from the trees and autumn is suitable for sawing branches off trees. Instead of disposing of the wood and fallen leaves as “waste”, you can use them to create a home for endangered animals. Fallen leaves are gold in the natural garden.

Leaf blower and leaf blower - wrecking ball for animal homes
When autumn comes, the leaf blowers and leaf blowers roar on the sidewalk and in the garden colony. Every little leaf is removed as "garbage" from the last corners of the garden. Ecologically this is like a wrecking ball: insects and hedgehogs, birds and amphibians need the leaves to hibernate, hide and find food.

Death for insects
With the leaves, the “cleaners” suck in insects and other invertebrates. In this way they take away the food from the birds and kill smaller animals.

Pile leaves
The good old leaf pile offers a life-friendly alternative. When they sweep the fallen leaves into a corner of the garden, they will be thanked by newts and toads, wren and robins, hedgehogs and shrews.

Apartment house foliage and brushwood
Lay out a pile of layers of leaves and cut branches. How to ensure a multi-storey animal hotel in the natural garden. Caterpillars and moths retreat under the foliage, blackbirds and tits find food in winter.

A treat for the garden
Above all, you are helping yourself. These animals only keep the garden fertile. The leaves rot together with the wood and provide excellent compost the next year. In spring, when the hard times are over and winter guests come outside, they can sprinkle them on the beds.

Leaves as thermal insulation
You can also lay the foliage on the foot of trees, cover strawberries with it or sprinkle it over delicate flower bulbs. This creates natural frost protection and ensures that your plants thrive.

Heap of branches for hedgehogs
A pile of branches of leaves provides an excellent shelter for hedgehogs to hibernate. All you need is plenty of leaves, thick branches and the branches that arise when cutting the fir, lilac, etc. They stack the thick branches in such a way that there is a cavity of around 30 square centimeters in the inside of the pile, in which no water should collect.

Stack branches
For the cavity, saw the thick branches to about 1 m and then layer them in three layers. Place shorter branches on top. Cover the cavity with as much foliage as possible. Place branches and twigs on top so that the leaves do not blow away. If more leaves appear later, you can easily put them on the pile.

Create raised bed
You don't like “wild leaves”? Or does your garden code require you to "dispose of branch cuts"? Simply create a raised bed: First you stack brushwood, pruning and fresh compost, you pour leaves on it, then another layer of pruning and then leaves.

To get in shape
They are now sawing thick branches so that they can be used as piles and “slats” to shape the bed. You don't need nails or wire, you just lay long pieces of branch in branch forks, use the "waste" of grapevines, ivy etc. as "ropes". Put a layer of humusized compost of at least 20 cm on top, which you can fill up again and again.

Newts in the basement, flowers on the roof terrace
Such a raised bed combines the ecological benefits of leaves, brushwood and compost heap with the aesthetics of flower or herb beds and also looks “tidy”.

Wildflowers and wild bees
You can plant crocuses, tulips or daffodils in the ground in autumn and a wildflower mix can thrive in summer. In this way, they not only offer wild bees and butterflies a home for winter, but also provide insect pasture in summer. In front of the front door you face insect death. (Dr. Utz Anhalt)

Author and source information

Video: How to Make the Perfect Burger (January 2022).