Monday, November 9, 2015
War on leaves 2015?
Why do we view leaves are an enemy to be attached every Fall? This past weekend was one of listening to leave blowers and watching neighbors bagging up leaves. We all selected our lots because they were some of the few lots offered in Owen Brown that had large mature trees. We all knew that this would require some work each Fall for the nice shade we had each Summer. For suburban homeowners who value their green plush grass yards removal of leaves is one of those dreaded yearly tasks. But for someone who looks at grass as the enemy, leaves are a valuable way to restore the land to the condition it was before my house was built on land that once was forest-like. If you have followed this blog you already know my bias against grass lawns.
So as an alternative to doing what many of our neighbors do, like pictured above, mulching the leaves a few times as the leaves fall is a better natural way to not kill your grass and provide so natural nutrients that is better than using the nitrogen fertilizers that harm our waterways. Most lawn mowers work fine ( mulching mowers are somewhat better and electric even better) for this if you don't wait until all the leaves have fallen down. I usually find that two or three times in the Fall works fine. I also don't need to buy all those large plastic leaf bags and expend more energy than I want to.
Fall is a good time to be good stewards of nature and the way it replenishes the earth's nutrients and not try to fight it.
Definitely not in Columbia!
Posted by duanestclair at 4:32 AM