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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WAYS TO RECYCLE LEAVES

Source:  HGTVgardens.com

Mulch
Leaves make great mulch.

Compost
Adding leaves along with grass, sticks, pine straw and a little soil to your compost pile will result in a high quality compost rich in nitrogen that is ideal for use in your vegetable garden or for shrub and tree plantings.

Community Recycling
If you are not a gardener or do much yard work, you should consider offering your bagged leaves to neighbors who use mulch and compost. You can also contact your local county or township to see if they will remove and compost your leaves at a municipal facility for redistribution in the community.

Educational Uses
"Fall is always an opportunity for education for kids. "You can create leaf collections and press them into collages. They're extremely easy to preserve. Press them in newspapers so that the moisture is absorbed and they dry flat." This is an ideal way to label and identify the leaves of specific trees. An even simpler alternative is to create a digital photo collection of colorful fall leaves.

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