outdated practice of burning leaves not only pollutes the air and
aggravates breathing problems like asthma, it also wastes many of the beneficial micronutrients
contained in leaves. We recommend that
homeowners mulch leaves into their lawn with a mulching mower, when it is
practical, or compost leaves for later use in their gardens. Leaves
provide an excellent source of organic matter.
ORGANIC MATTER vs
The organic matter in leaf
compost enriches the soil in gardens and flower beds, and gives clay garden
soil much better tilth by making it more "workable." Soils
that are more workable can be tilled earlier in the spring, giving vegetable
gardeners a head start.
Composted leaf debris helps build healthy soil!
who can't mulch leaves or don't garden, municipal curbside pickup is usually provided
during the fall leaf season. Check with your municipality for the specifics
of their leaf removal program. They may also offer free or low cost compost
from their collection program.