Autumn is here, and with it comes falling rain, falling temperatures, and falling leaves. This year, instead of tossing those leaves in the garbage, put the leaves to work for you and your lawn by leafcycling.
Much like grasscycling, leafcycling is a way to return nutrients to the soil by mowing fall leaves. But unlike nitrogen-rich grass clippings, fall leaves are high in carbon and low in nitrogen, so they take a while to break down if left to their own devices. Mowing the leaves helps speed the decomposition process along by reducing the size of those leafy bits.
Leafcycling benefits your lawn, the environment, and even your wallet!
Leafcycling is just as easy as mowing your lawn!
Leafcycling isn’t the only option for repurposing fall leaves.
Note: If you live in an area with a high tick presence, this might not be the option for you, since ticks can also overwinter in these leaf piles.
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