Dealing With Fall Leaves the Eco-Friendly Way

The changing colors of the autumn leaves are beautiful – until theyíre 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 itís 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 theyíre diesel powered — create a fair amount of air pollution as well (unless youíre running on bio-diesel).

Donít burn your leaves. Once youíve got the leaves raked in nice piles, go ahead and jump in them, but donít 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 donít 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


Nancy P.
Nancy P4 years ago

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.

Janice P.
Janice P4 years ago

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

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


Dawn C.

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

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago


K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Thanks Megan.

Cynthia B.
Cynthia B7 years ago

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

Judith Crofts
Judith C7 years ago

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