Leaves can cause big problems for stormwater systems and water quality if not attended to. Over time, wind blows them into storm drains causing blockages that result in increased flooding. Together we can help prevent local flooding, algae blooms and water pollution by re-using or properly disposing fall leaves. The big bonus: We save money on fertilizer, spend less time doing chores and improve soil health at the same time.
Use leaves as mulch --- We can prevent weeds and save money by placing leaves on our gardens, under shrubs or around trees. Mulch regulates soil temperature, adds nutrients and inhibits weeds from taking root.
Shred leaves with your lawn mower --- Mowing over leaves right on our lawn creates a natural fertilizer. Small leaf pieces break down into the soil, releasing nutrients for a green, well-fed lawn come spring. Raking less saves time in the fall and come spring both time and money are saved by not needing fertilizer.
Create a compost pile --- Composting creates rich soil and leaves are a great addition. Coffee grounds, egg shells and other organic household waste add excellent nutrients to the compost and by reusing these materials we are diverting them from landfills. Composting minimizes the use of fertilizer which lessens the amount of chemicals in the water reaching the River.
Reprinted from our friends at 1 Mississippi.