Make a plan to leave leaves alone, let them mulch in place

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Monday, September 24, 2012
by Maxine Margo Rubin

Autumn’s just begun.  Have a talk now with yourself—or your lawn care person—and make a plan to let Mother Nature run her course:  Instead of blowing and bagging leaves, put the leaves raked from your driveway and other areas into the woods and let compost happen!  Or use a mower or mulching attachment that lets the chopped leaves fall in between the blades of grass and disappear into the lawn.

Traditional leaf removal generates unnecessary use of fossil fuels in trucking leaves to composting facilities—but allowing leaves to mulch recycles nutrients into your soil, helps return moisture in the summer, and reduces the need for additional fertilizer.

So, leave leaves alone, and have a magic carpet of green in the spring. For information on mulching in place go to www.leaveleavesalone.org or the Cornell Cooperative webpage http://blogs.cornell.edu/horticulture/mulch.  The County also encourages mulching in place: http://www.leleny.org/

Maxine Margo Rubin is member of New Castle’s Sustainability Advisory Board.

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