I just thought I would pop in to share some tips about an underrated issue that is very dear to my heart: yard waste.
Now I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "How is yard waste underrated, Sparkles? I also love yard waste!" And I applaud you. Many humans seem to miss the opportunities that yard waste provides. But never fear! I am here to help.
Yard waste may seem like a nuisance but it is actually a fantastic source of health and protection for your yard and garden. Here are some of the best ways to take advantage of this unlikely source of garden sustenance:
1) Compost leaves and other yard waste and use the compost in years to come to fertilize your garden beds. If you are unsure how to do this, or don't have a compost system of your own, check out these resources!
2) Mulch leaves into your yard instead of raking them! Not only does this save time and energy, but it provides a layer of protection for your yard through the winter and provides a quick source of nutrients in the spring. Learn more here!
3. Use shredded yard waste as a mulch cover for your garden beds to protect them during the winter and also start your gardening year off right with extra nutrients. Take care to always chop leaves before using them as mulch so that water can still reach the soil in the winter. Read more tips here!
4. If none of these alternatives work for you, go ahead and rake! No shame in keeping things neat and tidy. But please, dear humans. If you rake your leaves make sure you bag them so that they can be picked up by your municipality. When you rake your leaves into the street or sidewalk, you create pollution, flooding, and public safety problems. So if you still feel the "Call of the Rake", be sure to bag them up!
And with that, I wish you all a happy fall!