Q. The leaves on our live oak tree are falling because of the cold weather. Is there anything we should do to protect them?

A. It is time for live oak leaves to fall. The weather may have had some influence but not much. The live oaks and other shade trees should do fine on their own. As usual, use the leaves for mulch or in the compost pile. It works well to let the leaves decompose on the lawn where they will provide organic material for the grass plants. It is especially effective if you mow the leaves, so they decompose more quickly.

Calvin Finch is a retired horticulture agent in Bexar County. He writes for and works with a number of area media outlets.

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