It’s time to finish cleaning up the fall leaves before we get into the depths of winter. But don’t make the mistake of using the old-fashioned method of burning leaves.
These pollutants can contribute to health problems that may affect homeowners, their families, their neighbors, and the community.”
Consider leaves a free resource that can be used to improve the soil, for making compost, as well as a mulch to suppress weeds and conserve moisture.
Leaves decompose naturally and provide a layer of organic matter (the O horizon in the soil) which decomposes and creates a food source for microbes to use as a food source.
“I remember collecting fall leaves with my mom as a child, taking them inside, splodging paint on them, then making crazy imprints all over big sheets of paper.”