LEAVES --WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Mulch Them In Place/Mow Them
Leaves are rich in carbon, phosphorus, and potassium - all essential nutrients needed by plants including
turf grasses. Simply mow your leaves along with the grass during fall, and let the small leaf pieces filter
down among the grass blades. Make sure grass is exposed to the sun after the tree leaves have been
The following guidance is taken from the Department of Horticulture - Michigan State University Green Tips sheet on Mulching Tree Leaves Into Lawns.
Composting is the natural recycling process that you can begin at home with leaves, grass clippings, and other lawn and garden waste. Leaves are high in carbon and can be used as one of the brown yard wastes when making a compost pile.
Use Them For Mulch
Mulches offer your garden and landscapes many benefits from moisture retention to temperature moderation to erosion prevention. Yard wastes such as grass clippings, leaves, and chipped or shredded brush and branches can be used as organic mulches. Organic mulches are usually applied 3 inches deep over the soil and around plants to achieve the benefits of mulching.
Local opportunities for curbside pick-up or drop-off sites differ by municipality. Contact your municipality for details.
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