Leaf Recycling Made Easy
Leaves are falling like crazy where we are right now. It’s Autumn…when the trees have absorbed all the nutrients they need and take that inside to prepare for winter. When the leaves’ job is finished, they naturally fall to the ground.
Don’t burn those leaves! Burning leaves contributed to air pollution. Instead, rake them up and put them in bags in your garage or the back of your yard or garden. When you start your compost pile in the spring, you can use those leaves to get it started and continue to “feed” your compost throughout the winter and into next summer.
Fallen leaves carry 50-80% of the nutrients a tree extracts from the soil and air. These nutrients include carbon, potassium and phosphorous. So another great option is to mulch them into your lawn in the fall. They will do their work over winter and help your grass health.
Mulching your leaves and spreading them over your garden limits weed growth and adds organic matter and protects the soil. It’s like a blanket for your garden to keep it warm through the winter!
Another option is to using city-wide leaf recycling or composting programs.
One example is Denver, CO’s Leaf Drop Program:
Try this link as a launching point and keep those leaves out of the landfill:
Here is another read about leaf recycling:
Don’t know what to do with your Halloween pumpkins?
You can cut them up and add them to your compost.
You can peel them, cut them up and freeze them for later. Or, roast them and puree them for soups or pies.