Can Magnolia Tree Leaves Be Used As Ground Covering To Prevent Weeds

Question From: B. Seigel - Hamden, Connecticut, United States
Q: Hi Nancy- Can I use the leaves from my magnolia tree as ground covering in my flower beds to prevent weeds. I don't know what kind of tree I have, but I've inherited it when I bought my house 20 years ago and it is doing just fine. But so many leaves, would be great to take advantage of using them in my gardens. Thanks

A: There is not problem using magnolias. It would be best if you could shred them, either with a lawn mover, a shredder vac or a leaf shredder. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy