The leaves are starting to fall and pile up in your yard. Hopefully you remember to use a rake and not a leaf blower to control the leaves. You have raked them all into lovely piles and the kids have finished playing in them, now what? Don’t bag the leaves for the garbage man to tote off to the landfill. Leaves can take a long time to break down at the landfill, since they are wrapped in plastic. Instead use the leaves to your advantage. Leaves make an excellent ground cover and mulch for your flower beds and gardens all year long. They protect and nourish your garden throughout the long winter, all you have to do is cover your flower beds and garden with a layer of leaves, then pile a small amount of dirt on top. Leaves are also fabulous protection for beneficial bugs and birds love to use them when making their homes. So leaf the leaves alone.
What do you do with your leaves?
*Update:: Thank you to Fig+Sage for reminding me that burning your leaves is not Eco friendly either.
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