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Dealing With Fall Leaves the Eco-Friendly Way

Dealing With Fall Leaves the Eco-Friendly Way

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

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1:23PM PST on Nov 19, 2013

Raking leaves are one of those "mindless" chores that is a right of passage into fall/winter. I love to rake leaves, compost leaves and pile them up along the fence line to keep the spring weeds at bay.

1:04PM PST on Nov 19, 2013

Good information. I prefer to compost or mulch the leaves, and I have a LOT of leaves in my yard.

11:27AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012


11:23AM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

Wear work gloves, especially if you rake alot of leaves. You will blister your hands otherwise.

12:28PM PDT on May 26, 2012

Thank you

5:09PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012


1:17AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:40AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Thanks Megan.

5:13PM PDT on May 3, 2010

Leaf blowers are an enemy of the environment...and SO IRRITATING IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS!!!!!

2:21PM PDT on Mar 21, 2010

It's good exercise and good fun raking the leaves. Leaves are great added to the compost or spread on the garden.

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