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T O O L S T O T A C K L E Y O U R Y A R D W A S T E W H AT I S L E A F M U L C H I N G ? Leaf mulching is the process of shredding leaves with a lawnmower and using them as mulch on your gardens and lawn. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR BROCHURES ABOUT GRASSCYCLING AND COMPOSTING GRASSCYCLING COMPOSTING Grasscycling is the recycling of Composting is the natural grass by leaving clippings on breakdown of food and yard the lawn after mowing. waste into a nutrient-rich Questions? material. Please contact York Region at 905-895-1200 and press 3 for T O O L S T O T A C K L E Y O U R Y A R D W A S T E T O O L S T O T A C K L E Y O U R Y A R D W A S T E Solid Waste Management or visit www.york.ca Printed using leading-edge environmentally friendly waterless print technology and paper that is 50% recycled fibre, 15% post consumer, plus chlorine and acid free. T O O L S T O T A C K L E Y O U R Y A R D W A S T E WHY LEAF MULCH? LEAF MULCHING TIPS Soil Enrichment o Keep your mower blade sharp. Leaf mulch returns nutrients back to the soil. Your o Set your mower blade to 6 cm (2.5 inches) high. lawn and gardens will require less fertilizer and other o Mow leaves when dry to prevent clumping. additives. o Push lawnmower slowly to give mower time to chop up leaves. Water Conservation o Mow leaves when there is no more than 2.5 cm Leaf mulch helps retain moisture in soils. When soil is (1 inch) of leaf litter. covered with leaf mulch, the mulch lowers the soil’s o When adding mulch to gardens, do not put mulch exposure to sun and wind which reduces evaporation. right up to the base of plants or trees and make the Banned from Landfill mulch no deeper than 5 to 7.5 cm (2 to 3 inches). If yard waste is found in regular garbage sent to o If your lawnmower bags yard waste, either remove Michigan landfills, the entire load of garbage can be the bag to spread mulch evenly over the lawn, or rejected at a significant cost to Regional tax payers. use the bagged mulch where necessary around Save Money trees, shrubs and gardens. By managing your leaves on site, you reduce the need o You may be able to convert your mower to a to buy paper yard waste bags. mulching mower by purchasing a mulching blade Insulation retrofit kit which is available at hardware stores and Mulch acts like an insulating barrier from the heat in garden centres. Mulching blades chop up leaves to the summer, from the cold in the winter and from the produce small leaf pieces. wind all year round. Mulch prevents compaction and o If you use a lawn service, ask them to leaf mulch. erosion of soils from wind and rain. Weed Control WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH LEAF M U L C H ? Leaf mulch can help prevent the growth of weeds. Leave it on your lawn Add a thick layer (5 to 7.5 cm or 2 to 3 inches) to Use your lawnmower to chop up leaves and leave the gardens to reduce the need for herbicides. pieces on your lawn. It is important to make sure leaf pieces are small enough to let light get through to A LT E R N AT I V E S T O L E A F M U L C H I N G your grass. This may require you to mow twice where o Compost your leaves. Add thin layers of leaf mulch there is a lot of leaf litter. (2.5 cm or 1 inch) to your composter while Dig leaves into your garden alternating with other materials. You can also use Dig leaves directly into your garden to add organic a separate composter for only leaves. For a leaf matter and nutrients to the soil. composter, alternate 15 cm (6 inches) of leaf mulch with a thin layer (2.5 cm or 1 inch) of soil or Use leaves as mulch finished compost and maintain as usual by Put leaf mulch on gardens and flower turning it regularly and keeping it moist. beds and around trees and shrubs. o Put your leaves in paper yard waste bags or reusable containers and set out for yard waste pickup by your local municipality on your scheduled collection days. o Take your leaves to Halton Recycling Ltd. located at 395 Harry Walker Parkway South in Newmarket. Questions? Please call 905-895-1200 and press 3 or visit www.york.ca
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