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WHY IT'S IMPORTANT

PROTECT OUR WATERWAYS

Did you know that grass clippings and tree leaves are considered a source of pollution when washed directly into storm drains?

Any material swept or blown into neighborhood streets and curb inlets along our city streets enter storm drains. The storm drains carry that waste material to one of our creeks here in Arlington.

Too many grass clippings and leaves cloud the water and block the sunlight that is essential to aquatic life. And, as they decompose, can lower the oxygen content of the water which can also harm fish and other living things.

FEED YOUR LANDSCAPE... NOT THE LANDFILL

An estimated 20% of waste generated by Texans comes from grass clippings, tree leaves and other landscape wastes. Bagging these materials and placing them into the curbside garbage collection system uses valuable landfill space, removes nutrients from the environment, and costs cities and the people of Texas more in increased taxes and service fees.

Fallen leaves represent a valuable natural resource that can be used to provide a good source of organic matter and nutrients for use in a landscape. Leaves contain 50-80% of the nutrients a plant extracts from the soil and air during the growing season.

In forests, pastures, and other natural settings, tree leaves and other organic wastes form a natural carpet over the soil surface which conserves moisture, moderates temperatures, and prevents soil erosion and crusting. In time, bacteria, fungi, and other natural occurring organisms, supply the existing soil with a natural, slow release form of nutrients.

COMPOSTING

Compost is a dark, crumbly and earthy - smelling form of organic matter that has gone through a natural decomposition process. learn more

MOWING

A light covering of leaves can be mowed without the catch-bag, leaving shredded leaves in place on the lawn. This technique is most effective when a mulching mower is used. During times of light leaf drop, or if there are only a few small trees in your landscape, this technique is the most efficient and easiest way to manage leaf accumulation.

MULCHING

Mulching is a simple and effective way to recycle leaves and improve your landscape. As organic mulch decomposes, valuable nutrients are released for use by landscape plants.

Leaves can be used as mulch in vegetable gardens, flowerbeds, and around shrubs and trees. As an option to raking, a lawnmower, with the catch-bag, provides a fast and easy way to shred and collect the leaves. Leaves that have been mowed or run through a shredder, will decompose faster and are more likely to remain in place than un-shredded leaves.

Around the base of trees and shrubs apply a 3-6 inch layer of shredded leaves.

In annual or perennial flowerbeds apply a 2-3 inch mulch of shredded leaves.

For vegetable gardens a thick layer of leaves between the rows functions as a mulch and as an all-weather walkway.

SOIL IMPROVEMENT

Leaves may be collected and worked directly into garden and flowerbed soils. A 6-8 inch layer of leaves tilled into a heavy, clay soil will improve aeration and drainage. The same amount tilled into a light, sandy soil will improve water and nutrient holding capacity. In vegetable gardens and annual planting beds, collect and work leaves into the soil during the Fall. This allows sufficient time for the leaves to decompose prior to Spring planting.

 

 

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