RAKE UP LEAVES
When leaves start falling, collect them and turn this free resource into leaf mould. This can be used as an organic mulch, incorporated into your compost bin, dug into garden beds, used to improve the composition of heavy soils or added in small amounts to barrels of homemade liquid fertiliser. Leaves are an excellent source of carbon. Rake up as many as you can, pile them into rows, then run them over with your lawn mower to help it break down. Pile the leaves into a homemade leaf cage, cover with carpet or corrugated iron to keep off the worst of the rain and leave them to break down, turning over every month or so. You can leave them without turning, but they will take longer to break down.