5 Reasons Why You Should Mow Your Leaves Instead of Blowing Them

5 Reasons Why You Should Mow Your Leaves Instead of Blowing Them

The explosion of autumn color is a special treat for all of us who live in the Northeast. The bright foliage also signals the time to break out our rakes and blowers to rid our properties of pesky fallen leaves.

But what if removing these leaves disrupts an important natural cycle?

1) Leaves fertilize your lawn

When leaves fall and decompose, they are returning nutrients to your soil! Worried about your leaves smothering your grass? You can mow them (usually one pass is enough) to mulch them into your lawn!

2) Leaves provide important shelter for wildlife

Leaves provide shelter for a myriad of invertebrates, including overwintering insects like woolly bear caterpillars, bumble bees and even some butterflies!

3) Removing leaves and having them trucked away is incredibly wasteful

Getting rid of our leaves involves using polluting leaf blowers and stuffing them into large leaf bags. These bags are then carted away by large diesel trucks that are not only a waste of fuel, but our tax dollars. Finally, we are removing the natural leaf litter that protects our flower beds, only to buy mulch in the spring to replace what we carted away.

4) Leaf blowers disturb our communities, wildlife, and lungs

Not only can leaf blowers be heard from far away, but they can also disturb wildlife. Also, in leaf blowers, two-stroke engines have been shown to emit contaminants comparable to large automobiles.

5) Save time!

Passing over your lawn once with a mower could take much less time than blowing, raking & bagging all of your leaves. In our fast paced world, who couldn’t use a little extra time?

We would like to thank our friends at Bedford2020 for making this information publicly available on their Leave Leaves Alone webpage. 

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November 5, 9:30am

Research continues to emphasize the positive effects that this Japanese practice has on our health. Join us for a meditative, slowly-paced walk through Teatown’s meadows and woodlands. Led by an experienced guide, and in the spirit of John Muir’s instruction to keep close to nature’s heart, enter a space where “every leaf seems to speak.” For adults.

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