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Turning Autumn Leaves Into Healthy Lawns

Green Lifestyle  (tags: conservation, eco-friendly, ecosystems, environment, garden, greenliving, lawn, leaves, mulch, soil, Sustainabililty )

- 2922 days ago -
Carting off leaves and grass clippings is akin to strip mining your soil. Given time, leaves are transformed by worms, bacteria and other organisms into rich humus, which will continue to feed trees, shrubs, and other plants year after year for millennia


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Julie P (154)
Monday October 18, 2010, 6:14 pm
Every fall, people spend money on leaf bags, leaf collection equipment and time raking and bagging. Then tax dollars are spent to collect all the leaves, in addition to the pollution generated during collection. Then more money is spent to buy compost, fertilizers and mulch to improve your soil, when nature would have taken care of it at no cost.

Carol H (229)
Monday October 18, 2010, 6:26 pm
thanks Julie, noted

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 19, 2010, 4:25 am
Not guilty I live in the sticks

Gary C (5)
Tuesday October 19, 2010, 9:58 am
note thankyou....

patricia lasek (317)
Tuesday October 19, 2010, 12:52 pm
I could never understand why people bag their leaves and have them taken away. I mulch mine.

Patty Winter (16)
Tuesday October 19, 2010, 1:33 pm
I like the articles that don't leave you feeling sad. We need more of these types on this site!

Janis B (7)
Tuesday October 19, 2010, 2:20 pm
We have a problem which appears on our maples in fall, a black spot fungus which can only be disposed of if ALL leaves are raked up and discarded, that reduces the attack the following year. Those trees which are not maples we keep their leaves and use them as mulch. They compost well in our three composters. Puzzled as to why composter is not an approved work in this site, it is underlined in red as if a mistake.

Anna Borsey (66)
Tuesday October 19, 2010, 3:01 pm
Yes, indeed! We always let the grass cuttings lie where they fall, and the leaves are composted. I have known for a great many years that leaves contain many nutrients.

julia c (42)
Tuesday October 19, 2010, 3:17 pm
here people burn mostly, even if illegal. then to keep it smoldering they add plastic. i tell as many people as i can that plastic is very toxic and burning is illegal and have called (well picked up) the police a couple of times. that really spread the word, but they still burn, but much less plastic and we try to help some and take their recycling for them into town.

Susan S (187)
Tuesday October 19, 2010, 4:56 pm
We decided to xeriscape our yard and plant alfalfa and clover grass in the back yard because it is hardier and stands up to the dry climate we live in better. That way we don't have to waste precious water resources watering the lawns. We also just mow the dandelions rather than use any toxic chemicals and use a push mower. We also mulch the leaves from our horse chestnut tree which we always talk about getting rid of but keep because of the positive environmental impact (harbor for birds, cleansing out the toxins in the air, shade for our home to decrease energy costs etc.). This article makes me think what more we can do. Thanks for posting.

Brenda M (133)
Tuesday October 19, 2010, 5:05 pm
N'd, Thank You Julie. Great post! I have always felt that insulation in the cold, holds moisture when its hot and dry and eventually refreshes and replenishes the soil.

Tuesday October 19, 2010, 5:44 pm
Since our 'lawn' is made of crushed granite to save water (here in the high desert), but we have many trees, our friend with a garden comes to take away our leaves to make mulch.

Janice P (55)
Wednesday October 20, 2010, 7:24 am
I don't know what I have been thinking! I am going to ask my mowers to mulch the leaves at the end of the season, once all the leaves are off the trees. I have a BIG piece of property. Raking those leaves every year has been back-breaking work. On top of that, I have had to spend money on leaf bags. All of this has been such a waste of time, money, and energy - not to mention a loss to my lawn. Thank you for reminding me of something I once knew, but had forgotten.

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Wednesday October 20, 2010, 8:21 am
My husband has been doing this for years, and it works beautifully. Thanks for confirming what we already thought we knew.

Linda B (10)
Monday October 25, 2010, 3:24 am
We were doing this until several maples on our street got black tar spot. Apparently, the virus lives over winter in the leaves that have fallen and it is recommended to rake them up and get rid of them in city compost programmes.

jane richmond (10)
Saturday November 6, 2010, 6:19 pm
Works like a charm
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