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How to Remove Fallen Tree Leaves From Bushes & Shrubs

By Amanda Hevener
Removing fallen leaves from your bushes will enhance your landscaping and clean up your yard.
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There are three main components to proper landscaping -- planting, care and clean-up. Out of these, clean-up is the most-important, since dead leaves can choke other plants and prevent them from receiving the sunlight and water that they need to grow. Removing the leaves by hand is easy. Your bushes and shrubs might be damaged if you use tools to pick up them up. Fallen leaves can be discarded with other yard waste or recycled into fertilizer.

Put on your gloves. Open up the plastic trash bag and place it at your feet for easy access.

Grasp one of the leaves gently but firmly and pluck it from the bush or shrub. Place it in the trash bag. If the leaves are brown and fragile, pick the leaf up from the stem to prevent it from crumbling. Repeat until you have removed all of the fallen leaves.

Discard the trash bag filled with leaves, or recycle them into fertilizer. To make fertilizer from the leaves, scoop a shovel full of soil into the bag, toss in three handfuls of grass clippings, then seal the bag with twine. Poke five to six holes in the bag with the spade, then place it in a shady spot in your yard for three to four months.


Things You Will Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Trash bag
  • Shovel
  • Soil
  • Grass clippings
  • Twine
  • Spade


  • If not composting your leaves, your municipality or trash service may require that you use paper, biodegradable lawn waste bags.

About the Author


Amanda Hevener has been a freelance writer and photographer since 2006. She is a member of the Akron Press Club. Her writing has appeared on SeededBuzz, Swords.com, Baseball Fandom and Deep Left Field. She reviews restaurants for AltOhio and other websites. She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Ashland University.