It’s that time of year, when all the beautiful summer trees shed their leaves. If you have trees in your yard, you are probably used to raking all these leaves up, and either throwing them away in giant garbage bags, or burning them in a big bonfire.
The truth is, you should be doing neither of those things! Leaves fall onto the ground all over the natural world, for a reason! Those leaves break down over the course of the fall, winter and spring, and provide countless nutrients to the ground and the flora surrounding them.
How can you make the best choice for your green landscaping this fall? Use a lawnmower on the leaves and then leave them on the lawn, shredded. Your lawn will be fine next year, in fact it will be healthier because of all the organic matter you are allowing to enrich the soil.
If you have a lot of extra leaves, put them into use in a compost pile. Decomposing leaves make wonderful mulch as well, so you can use them around your flower beds and bushes to encourage a healthy topsoil.