Today’s NY Times reports that the Leave the Leaves initiative is popping up in towns across Westchester County, NY. As readers of this blog know, this is something I’ve advocated (and practiced) for years. Here’s a picture of part of my leaf pile for this year, just completed. It’s about thirty feet long and three feet high:
This represents just the backyard leaves, which will all be added to the compost pile in the course of the next year. Last week the front yard leaves were chopped with a mulching mower as the article describes, and the bits and pieces disappeared into the lawn almost immediately. We have been doing this for twenty years and have never applied any other kind of fertilizer to our lawn. Think about it–it’s the ultimate in sustainability.