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Are leaves a valuable resource?
Absolutely! Mulched leaves are a low cost way to naturally fertilize your lawn and to fertilize and mulch your landscape beds. Benefits of applying leaf mulch to your garden include:

1. Increases water holding capacity of soil, especially useful for absorbing rainwater runoff.
2. Lightens clay soils and gives fluff to sandy soils.
3. Cools roots in summer and provides additional protection in winter.
4. Increase nutrients in the soil.
5. Increases biological activity of earthworms, microbes, and other beneficial soil organisms.
6. Eliminates or reduces yard waste from the entering the costly municipal “waste stream”.
7. It’s a free “fertilizer” for your landscape plants, vegetable garden and lawn.

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1. My Leaves: How do I Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em?
2. Are leaves a valuable resource?
3. Where can I find out more about mulching my fall leaves?
4. Where can I find out more about home composting?