Stop Bagging Your Leaves and Make Compost Instead

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Yard trimmings, which include grass, leaves and tree and brush trimmings, accounted for 34.7 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2015, which is 13.3% of total MSW
  • Fallen leaves act as a natural mulch that will break down and fertilize the soil while helping to keep weeds in check
  • While it’s true that a thick layer of leaves can smother your lawn, this is easily remedied by running over them with your lawn mower to create mulch
  • Turtles, toads, birds and mammals such as bats use leaf litter for food, shelter and nesting material; insects, including moth and butterfly caterpillars, also rely on leaf litter to overwinter
  • If you have a compost pile or bin, fallen leaves are a welcome addition and act as “brown material” that should form the bulk of the compost
  • When shredded into small pieces and left on the lawn, different leaf types offer different benefits; maple leaves reduce weed seed germination while honey locust leaves are known for adding nitrogen

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Why There Is No Such Thing As ‘Safe’ Tap Water

Despite being at the top of the global food chain and industrial developmental ladder, the United States has a poor track record for delivering uncontaminated drinking water to the public. Even the nicest restaurants are guilty of serving you directly from the tap. It’s time to get real about the ‘tap water problem,’ one of the most significant vectors of toxicity of our age… Continue reading