We have several bags of leaves and thought we'd put a thin layer at the bottom of our raised beds. Leaves were raked this past fall, so they've been sitting there a good 6 months. One thing we're worried about is, my husband mentioned that some rotted apples ended up in the bags with the leaves. And a lot of the apples we picked had worms. So, I'd say a good chance there's apple eating worms in the bags with those leaves. I really don't know a whole lot about pests that feed on apples, or if they feed on vegetable gardens, but could we do any harm by using those leaves?
On that note! Has anyone ever used japanese fruit bags? We have several apple and plum trees and I saw worms in all of them. Some fruit is safe, but its no fun to carefully cut up fruit every time to be SURE! One article I read about them mentioned a source to buy them for about .05 each. Thats a pretty low price for one apple or plum, but I'm also thinking about all the work of attaching those to each individual baby fruit! If you've used those, are they worth it? I'm thinking about how crazy i might go attaching 100 or so bags to trees.. I also saw something that said use ordinary brown paper sacks.. HAHAHA! One rain and those would melt off the trees like butter