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Recycling Fallen Leaves

Wednesday, October 16, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lauren Middleton
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If you live with trees in your yard, or you service clients that do, you probably have to spend each autumn deciding what to do with the leaf litter. Many cities and towns offer a yearly leaf pick up service but nowadays, fallen leaves are being put to other uses. Besides being eco-friendly, reusing leaves can be cost effective because you don’t have to pay for disposal or leaf bags.
One of the best and common uses of leaf litter is mulch. After doing the last mows of the season, collect the leaf and grass clippings from the mower bag. The mix makes a great mulch for flower and plant beds.


Fallen leaves also make great compost. Compost consists of green and brown material. Leaves are considered brown material because they are rich in carbon. Leaves can be composted over winter and used in the summer when gardens produce a lot of green material. 
Leaves can also be a great firestarter. If you burn wood during the winter, consider keeping some autumn leaves to burn. It is usually best to keep the leaves in a cool dry place, like a garage or shed. Make sure you don’t leave them around too long as leaves can hide pests that can escape into your home.


If you are the crafty type, leaves can make a great project. You can frame them or even get the kids involved and make a Halloween scarecrow. Leaves can also be used extend the life of picked autumn vegetables. Store the vegetables in the leaves in a container and put them in a cool and humid place. They can also act as a barrier against insects in the spring. If you are planting young trees and seedlings, place a thin wire fence around them and fill it with leaves. The leaves will act as a barrier to keep the insects from getting through to the vulnerable young plant or tree.




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