Miles Flansburg wrote:What about pallets? You could use them like snowfencing to block the wind, and you could lay them down on top of the mulch.
John Wolfram wrote:How about keep the leaves in a big pile with some sort of tarp over them until they compact down a bit.
Dale Hodgins wrote:My leaves get ground up and mixed with silt on the roadside. Brush piles collect leaves that blow by.
A permeable structure slows the wind but allows it to pass through.
In my windy spots, l place leaves first and then cover with small limbs. Rocks hold the limbs in place.
Judith Browning wrote:I was just taking a break from adding a leaf mulch to my figs in a high wind and saw this post!
I am gathering all of my bits of hog wire tomato cages and anything else I can find to stake around the edges and try to keep them in place....and some rocks, and some logs....ugly but it is working......by spring I will wonder what I was thinking. Once the rains start they will be OK but until then they are blowing everywhere unless corralled . good luck!
Dale Hodgins wrote:Would the neighbors be concerned about brush piles or a few sticks held in place with rocks?
On the road issue --- My road is a mix of silt and gravel. When I rake up the damp leaves, they pick up the muddy silt, leaving gravel behind. Over time, the road should develop a higher percentage of gravel. It would take an amazing amount of leaf gathering to have any noticeable effect on the height of the road.
Matu Collins wrote:This is a suggestion for the future, it won't help today's grapes:
Have you thought about kratergardens? They don't have to be massive to make a microclimates, and the bonus is the soil you dig out to make the hole. Bonus dirt!