Eco-friendly Options for Fallen Autumn Leaves?

Eco-friendly Options for Fallen Autumn Leaves?

Colleen Quinn
Oct 23, 2008

As temperatures in DC drop, so do our fall leaves. Municipal leaf collection does not begin for another few weeks, but we have friends already debating the wisdom of bagging leaves vs. mulching them. With no outdoor space, we are thankfully spared the burden of raking, but would love to know what our readers do with all those leaves...

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One family we know would like to mulch their leaves when mowing the lawn to provide an organic mulch throughout the season. Other friends claim the chopped leaves will smother the grass as they slowly rot and leave the entire lawn dead come spring. Based on our experiences hiking through Rock Creek Park, we too wonder if the leaves will ever actually break down unassisted.

What do you do with your fall leaves? Is there an eco-friendly option for disposal that doesn't involve killing the lawn? Please share your insights and experiences in the comments.

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