Leafgro® Organic Soil Conditioner is a superior quality compost used extensively by the landscape industry and homeowners as a source of humus for soil improvement. Leafgro® is an outstanding example of recycling at its best. By composting leaves that would have normally been disposed of in a landfill and converts organic wastes into a valuable resource.
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How To Use Leafgro®
Planting Trees and Shrubs
Leafgro® should be used as a soil conditioner and enhancer when planting trees and shrubs. To do so dig the hole twice the size and only as deep as the root ball of the plant. Mix well equal parts Leafgro® and existing soil. Place two inches of mix in the bottom of the hole and place the root ball in the hole. Fill the area around the root ball half way with the mix and tamp firmly. Water thoroughly. Fill the remaining mix to ground level tamping firmly. The top of the root ball should be slightly above ground level to allow for settlement. Water all plants after planting.
Lawn Establishment or Reseeding
Spread Leafgro® evenly and mix or rototill to a depth of four to six inches. Rake the area smooth and seed or sod on top of prepared soil. Roll if possible and then water. When reseeding your lawn apply grass seed then spread Leafgro® evenly on top and then roll and water.
When preparing areas for flowers, perennials, ground covers and vegetable gardens. Mix to a depth of four to six inches. Leafgro® should be used when creating new beds or rejuvenating old ones.
Leafgro® for Rain Gardens
What is a Rain Garden?
A “rain garden” is a man-made depression in the ground that is used as a landscape tool to improve water quality. The rain garden forms a “bioretention area” by collecting water runoff and storing it, permitting it be filtered and slowly absorbed by the soil. The bioretention concept is based on the hydrologic function of forest habitat, in which the forest produces a spongy litter layer that soaks up water and allows it to slowly penetrate the soil layer. The rain garden should be strategically located to intercept water runoff.
Benefits of Rain Gardens
Rain gardens help filter nutrients from rain water running off your driveway or roof, improving water quality. The first flush of rain water is ponded in the depression of the rain garden, and contains the highest concentration of materials washed off impervious surfaces such as roofs, roads, and parking lots. The water-loving plants in the rain garden also take up and use the rain water, reducing problems with excess water or ponding in your yard.
Why is that important? As storm water runs over lawns, streets and other man-made surfaces it picks up pollutants phosphorous and nitrogen from fertilizers, bacteria from pet waste and road salt to name a few and carries them into local streams and lakes.
When homeowners help water to flow into a rain garden the plants help absorb that runoff to keep pollution from washing into local watersheds and to help prevent flash flooding.
Compared with a normal lawn, rain gardens allow about 30 percent more water to soak into the ground.
Here’s how to get started building a rain garden:
Find a location
The best sites are those with partial to full sun. Rain gardens should be at least 10 feet away from a home to prevent leaks into your basement. Water can be directed to gardens that sit far away from a home with plastic piping. But make sure you don’t build your garden over a septic system or pipes. Before you break out a shovel have utility workers come to your home and mark the location of underground lines.
Choose your plants
Use a variety of heights, shapes and textures and pick plants that bloom at different times during the season. Try incorporating native species. “We like to recommend native plants because they frequently have wildlife benefits, Samuels said.
A rain garden is usually 4 to 8 inches deep with the cross-section of a pie tin: the bottom should be flat, with angled sides. Residential rain gardens usually span between 100 and 300 square feet and are built in a kidney or tear-drop shape. Use dug-up soil to create a berm or low wall around three sides of the garden to hold in water during storms. Add compost to increase drainage.
Plant, water and mulch
Your rain garden will need water, especially when it’s first installed and during dry spells. Like any garden rain gardens also need to be weeded, mulched and eventually thinned.
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