Removing fall leaves can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve got a large yard. Even if you have a small yard or live in a subdivision, it can still be quite the chore. Many people opt to hire a service to remove their leaves. While this may be easier on your back, it’s harder on your wallet. Plus saving your leaves can actually end up saving you money down the road. Here’s some easy ways to get rid of your leaves this fall.
Fall is the perfect time to fertilize your lawn. If not too many leaves have fallen yet, you can just run your lawnmower over them. This will break them up so that they decompose into your lawn without smothering your grass. Make sure to do this when there’s only a light covering of leaves. Otherwise you’ll just end up burying your grass with tons of crushed-up leaves.
Depending on your city or township’s laws, you can either bag your leaves on the curb or just pile them next to the street. You might want to check your township or city’s rules about bagging leaves. Some areas prohibit putting your leaves on the curb in plastic bags since they don’t biodegrade in landfills. If you live in one of these areas, you can opt for paper bags. The problem with this, however, is that they start to fall apart in the rain and don’t hold as many leaves. You also lose out on capitalizing on those free nutrients you get from composting.
If you do decide to bag, one trick to speed up the process is to place plastic sheets or tarp on your lawn to catch the leaves. Then rake the piles onto the tarps and use them to pour the leaves into bags. This will save you a lot of time and energy.
Self-Dispose on Private Land
If you’re lucky enough to have woods on your land, you can just drag your leaves back to where they came from so they can decompose in peace. Double check your property lines and make sure you’re not dumping on someone else’s land. Also be sure to never dump on public property or someone else’s private land.
Dead leaves are great fodder for your own compost pile! Making your own compost can help your lawn and garden grow come spring time. It can also replace store-bought fertilizer, saving you money. Make sure you shred your leaves before adding them to the compost. Add some food scraps or cow/horse manure. Check out our article on composting for more tips.
This isn’t the most advised option, but depending on your local laws you may be able to burn your leaves. Although it seems harmless, burning leaves actually releases chemicals like hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide in to the air. It also smells. The smoke can stench up your own house as well as your neighbors’, making you not-so-popular in the process. It can also trigger reactions in nearby family members or neighbors who have allergies or asthma, so be very careful! If you do burn leaves, make sure to do it away from peoples’ homes in a contained area like a fire pit.
Just make sure to get those leaves out of the way before the snow falls, creating a layer of decomposing leaves that kills your grass!
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