The changing colors of the autumn leaves are beautiful – until they’re no longer on the trees and instead are covering your yard. Here are a couple of ways to be green with the fall colors.
Skip the leaf blower and use a rake. While it’s a little more labor intensive, raking leaves is better for the environment than the leaf blower. Leaf blowers create a lot of noise pollution, and — if they’re diesel powered — create a fair amount of air pollution as well (unless you’re running on bio-diesel).
Don’t burn your leaves. Once you’ve got the leaves raked in nice piles, go ahead and jump in them, but don’t burn them. Burning creates a lot of smoke, especially when leaves are damp, and releases particulate matter and toxic compounds.
Do compost or mulch. Some areas offer yard waste pick up in addition to garbage collection and curbside recycling.
However, if you don’t have yard waste pick up mulch or composting are much better options. Care2 has simple suggestions on composting and/or mulching your leaves.
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By Amy Stodghill, Green Options