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                                                                         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.




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              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.




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