Although reds, oranges, and yellows look beautiful hanging from the trees, piles of leaves can ruin your lawn. Just a thin layer of these autumn beauties can suffocate your grass and prevent it from receiving sunlight and oxygen. The result is a brown landscape that then has to endure a long winter. Protect your lawn this year the sustainable way to ensure a fresh turf and healthy environment.

Although reds, oranges, and yellows look beautiful hanging from the trees, piles of leaves can ruin your lawn. Just a thin layer of these autumn beauties can suffocate your grass and prevent it from receiving sunlight and oxygen. The result is a brown landscape that then has to endure a long winter. Protect your lawn this year the sustainable way to ensure a fresh turf and healthy environment.

Forget the fire and plastic

Lines of garbage bags on the curb and towers of smoke billowing from the backyard aren’t sustainable solutions for protecting your lawn. Plastic bags are piled high in our landfills and will sit for hundreds, maybe thousands of years before they degrade, despite the fact that the leaves inside are a compostable material.

Fire is equally damaging as burning leaves releases dangerous toxins like hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide into the atmosphere, the same junk that has been linked to respiratory system irritation.

Leaf mulch

The alternatives to burning and bagging are both beneficial to your health and your garden. A proper mulching mower can make the process easy. Simply mow over a layer of leaves and transfer the shredded leaves to your gardens and other landscaped areas.

Leaf mulch is an excellent choice for garden beds due to its weight. The heaviness of the leaves will ensure proper protection, as the leaves are less likely to be carried off by the wind. Additionally, leaf-mulched soil contains more bacteria thus improving overall soil quality.

A layer of leaf mulch on your garden is also a great way to protect your hardy vegetables from the winter elements.

Compost

Whether you have your own compost pile or you are looking to donate to a yard-waste collection program, composting is the perfect way to omit the garbage bag. Check with the recycling program nearest to you to find a yard-waste collection program.  Often, you can bag your leaves in paper or biodegradable bags and set them out on special collection days.  Or simply pay someone to come “suck” them up with a large vacuum and transport them for you.

Get crafty

A scarecrow just wouldn’t be a scarecrow without his proper filling of leaves. Think outside the box and use your leaves in new ways.  If stuffing scarecrows isn’t your think, consider pressing leaves into an album or setting them out as a table decoration at a fall get-together.