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2011 November 3

Don't bag your leaves, use your lawnmower to mulch them!

By Brian Hamilton

Many homeowners use chemicals to fertilize their lawn in the fall. These chemicals can get washed into rivers, lakes and streams by rain causing negative impacts to those water bodies.

Did you know there is a cheaper and more environmentally-friendly way to give your lawn a nutrient boost? Plus the supply is free, endless and consistent?

The answer literally grows on trees. LEAVES! Leaves are packed full of many nutrients that people pay hefty prices to spray on their lawn.

Instead of getting out the rake in the fall, get out the lawnmower. Set the height to around 3” and mow right over the leaves. Let the clippings lie where they are. The leaves will decompose and deposit nutrients that will feed your lawn for months to come.
Give it a try and let us know how it works for you!

About the Author: Brian Hamilton works in the Water Protection Division’s Office of Program Support at Region 3. He helps manage the Healthy Waters Blog, and assists in reviewing mining permits and does other duties as assigned. Brian grew up in Central Pennsylvania. He has worked for the EPA since July 2010.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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  1. November 12, 2011

    Hm. that’s seems to be a great idea. Usually I don’s use chemicals to fertilize my plants, I prefere manure, but it smells bad.

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