Get some re-leaf!

As the evening air becomes crisp and cool, the leaves begin to turn yellow, orange, and red—and then fall to the ground. You know what that means: piles of leaves are about to form in your yard!

Here are some “re-leaf” ideas that will reuse your fall leaves in your own yard.

—Using a mulching mower, shred leaves and let them stay on the grass. The shredded leaves will provide a winter cover to protect grass roots and soil and will decay by spring. If you have a lot of leaves, you’ll need to mow often during the weeks when the most leaves fall.

—Don’t have a mulching mower? Use your regular mower to create leaf mulch. Simply attach the bagger and collect the leaves. Your mower will shred the leaves as it picks them up, creating a great mulch. Put the leaf mulch on your garden or flower beds, around trees, or on paths. Leaf mulch will help keep moisture in the soil where plants will be able to use it next spring.

—Pick up shredded leaves with the mower or rake up whole leaves and add them to your compost pile or bin. If you want to learn more about composting, see if your local solid waste department offers training or check out our blog post, Simple Steps to Composting Success.

If you can’t use them in your own yard, many cities and towns offer drop-off or curbside programs for fall leaves. If yours does, collect your leaves for community composting.

And don’t forget to savor the fall weather! Take a hike and take in the fall colors. Rake a big pile for the kids and let them jump in. Snap some photos of your outdoor fun to enjoy during the long winter to come.

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