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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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Mulching (shredding) in-place is the best solution. It is easy to learn, easy to implement, gets great “green” points, and best yet: actually saves time & money!
Irvington's Green Policy Task Force has assembled a vast array of information about mulching.
Irvington's Green Policy Task Force has assembled a vast array of home composting information.