An educational initiative to inform homeowners and landscapers about the many advantages of mulching leaves on site. We're Bedford-based, but our message is universal. Join us – and Leave Your Leaves Alone!
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We're very proud to say that Leave Leaves Alone was the recipient of two awards in 2012. See stories about the Earth Day Awardfrom Westchester County and aGreen Award from Bedford's Conservation Board.
Leaf mulching is good for the environment, it's good for your garden and it saves time and money
Time to End a Wasteful, Outdated Practice
Bedford’s annual ritual of raking,
blowing, piling, bagging, and trucking leaves out of residential
neighborhoods costs each homeowner - or their landscaper - hours of time
each fall and robs our yards of one of nature's greatest resources:
rich, natural compost.
The town’s curbside pick-up program requires Town of Bedford workers to spend many hours scooping leaves up from the street and carting them to a composting facility.
Each fall in the Town of Bedford it takes 10 people with 10 vehicles six weeks to pick up leaves.
This practice causes diesel pollution, and is a waste of time and
a waste of money
-- our money -- our tax dollars.
There are alternatives and they’ll save you time AND money.
The sustainable way of managing leaves involves mulching or composting them on your own property.
It's safer, more efficient, saves time and money, minimizes pollution and is better for your soil and plants.
If we stop blowing our leaves onto the streets for the town to pick up, everyone wins.
What is Leaf Mulching?
Leaf mulching is the practice of chopping
leaves into small pieces. Mulching can be done with a lawn mower or a
leaf shredder. Mulched leaves can be left on your lawn (they fall
between the grass
blades) or piled 3" or 4" deep on garden beds and around shrubs where
they act as a protective layer in the winter and, in the growing season,
prevent weed growth and help conserve water. Leaf mulch decomposes over
time, adding important nutrients and structure to the soil.
Composted leaves reduce in volume more than 10-fold.
Mulch-mowing can be done by both homeowners with small mowers or large commercial landscaper equipment. Deep piles of leaves are no match for landscapers equipped with leaf mulching blades and deck attachments described on our Equipment page. The small pieces of leaf material that is left on the lawn after a deep pile like this has been mulched can be raked or blown around shrubs or simply redistributed around the lawn to slowly decompose and feed the soil.
Mulching Equipment: Click here for local dealers who supply mulching blades and attachments designed specifically for grass and leaf mulching.