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Gardens: Don't leave those leaves; Ask it EXPERT ADVICE.

Byline: Adrienne

Q IS it really necessary to rake up leaves in the garden? - Geoff Hyde, Wantage, Oxfordshire A ADRIENNE SAYS: Yes.

They harbour disease, may become a refuge for pests and will smother plants.

On the bright side, they can be used to make soil conditioner. But unless they are put through a shredder they may take up to two years to rot.

A rotary mower with blades set high will collect leaves from lawns and cut them - or you can use a garden vac with a shredder.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 23, 2008
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