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LEAF REMOVAL TIPS

Mow Them
Use a lawn mower with a bag

attachment to handle leaf debris
on your yard. Disposal becomes
a simple matter once the
ground-up leaves are collected

in the bag.

Vacuum Them
With a leaf vacuum, you can
suck up all of the fallen leaves,
twigs, acorns, pine cones and
other debris into a bag and
then grindthem up for
mulch or compost.

Blow Them
A leaf blower is recommended
for managing and
redistributing fallen leaves in
large yards with lots of
trees but raking is more practical
and less time consuming if you
have a small lawn or garden area.

WAYS TO RECYCLE LEAVES

Mulch
Leaves make great mulch.
It's free and as good—if
not better—than anything
you can buy, especially if you
are mulching next to anything
white and want to keep it that
way. "One of the biggest
problems with wood mulch or
wood chips," says arborist Max
Burton, "is artillery fungus that
fire their black spores onto

buildings." This can cause damage
to vinyl and wood siding as well
as harm and infect nearby plants.
Avoid this problem by using
leaf mulch
instead.

Compost
Adding leaves along with grass,

sticks,pine straw and a little soil to
your compost pile will result in a
high
quality compost rich in
nitrogen that is ideal for use in
your vegetable garden or for
shrub and tree plantings.

 

Tips from:
http://www.hgtvgardens.com/care-and-maintenance/fall-clean-up-what-to-do-when-autumn-leaves-start-to-fall