6 Uses of Dried Leaves You Didn’t Know About!

Indonesia is a country with abundant natural wealth, including its plants. Such a large number of plants is caused by the fertile soil of Indonesia, as well as the climate which is indeed very good for plants to grow and reproduce.

Just look around your house, there must be shady trees everywhere. In front of your house, or maybe even along the road in your house complex, there must be many trees of various types.

Of course, these conditions will make the atmosphere of the environment more shady and cool, so that in the end it can make the atmosphere of the environment comfortable. So, however, this can become a problem when entering the seasons when a lot of wind blows.

These winds of course will result in a lot of fallen leaf litter in your environment. If this garbage is not swept away, it will dry out and then be blown back by the wind. The result? Of course your home and garden environment is getting dirtier.

To overcome this problem, people usually collect the dry leaf trash and then burn it and just turn it into ashes. Now this method is probably the most effective way, even though it will cause quite disturbing air pollution.

But don’t worry, we have some tips that you can practice using these dry leaves at home and in your home and garden environment.

Fire Starter

All right, this first tip might not be of much use. First, in Indonesia, we think it is very rare for people to use firewood to warm their rooms and bodies. Moreover, Indonesia is located on the equator which consequently makes Indonesia in a tropical climate which of course is warm all year round.

But there’s nothing wrong, you know, you try to make a campfire. If your neighborhood complex is in a cool area and has a small park, you and your neighbors can plan sleepovers and camping together there. Of course don’t miss the ‘burnt’ event there!

For those of you who want to start a fire, you can usually use a free fire starter kit. It usually consists of a flammable wool cloth complete with a burning device. What’s the problem if you only have firewood? Well it turns out that dry leaves can be a useful alternative.

Collect dry leaves up to a number of lumps in your hands, then crush them into small pieces. Take one of the biggest small leaves for then you burn. After burning the biggest part, you can start igniting some of the other smaller parts. Then if the fire starts to grow you can put firewood on it.

Insulation

Dried leaves are known to be useful as a good insulator. What insulation? Room temperature insulator of course. Dried leaves can withstand extreme temperature changes, and can be used as a heater.

For those of you who are going camping or hiking in the mountains, you can collect the dry leaves that are there to put in a large plastic bag. Then use it as a body warmer.

Another alternative is that you can put your sleeping bag under a pile of dry leaves as a method that can keep your body temperature warm.

Compost

To make fertilizer from dry leaves, of course you can’t just sprinkle dry leaves on the ground where you want to plant plants. First of all you have to slightly moisten these dry leaves, and then stored in a closed and dark container.

This will then result in leaf decay. This decay will then cause the dry leaves to turn into fertilizer which can fertilize the soil.

You can then use this compost at any time when you want to plant plants. Or you can just spread it on your soil that has been loosened.

In this way the leaves will make your soil fertile and rich in nutrients and minerals. So that in the future if you want to plant a plant, you simply plant the plant and voila! Plants will thrive.

Soil / Mulch

The term mulch may not be too familiar to those of you who rarely farm. However, this term must be familiar if heard by people who have a hobby of farming. Dry leaves actually have a function as mulch or soil conditioner.

The way to loosen the soil with dry leaves is quite easy. Just lightly dampen the dry leaves so they become slightly damp. So then pour the moist leaves little by little on your soil.

Another option is to bury the moist leaves in the soil, in this process you will definitely be digging up a few inches of soil. This process is also known to help loosen the soil. These two processes when combined will cause the soil in your yard to be very fertile and suitable for farming.

Fertilizer ‘Grass’

Well okay for this one maybe you don’t really use dry leaves. This section may teach you more tips when you have to clean up weeds in your yard.

Weeds may be one of the enemies for both farmers and those of you who live at home and garden. Weeds that grow infinitely will cause the farmer’s plants to be damaged, and will cause your yard to become unsightly to look at.

For that reason, weeds are usually removed regularly by farmers and homeowners. Usually after that the weeds will be thrown somewhere. The real secret is that weeds can be used as fertilizer and soil conditioner too!

To do this, you can collect the weeds and make compost, or sprinkle them directly on the ground, or even for those of you who use a lawn mower, you can leave the remains of the grass clippings on the ground. Automatically the soil in your home will be fertile and can be planted with various plants such as fruits or some vegetables.

Contemporary Art Project

Well, it turns out that dry leaves can be beautiful works of art. This may be very fun for those of you who have a high artistic spirit and a lot of free time. This work of art can then be used for personal consumption by you and your family, aka as a display at home, or even for those of you who are very artistic, this work can be a source of income for you.

If you have an artistic soul, maybe you won’t be confused about what you can do with these dry leaves. But for those of you who are not used to doing this kind of work, of course you can rely on Google!

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