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If You Don't Love Raking, Mulching May be for You

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – If you dread raking the lawn and stuffing leaves into bags to only throw them to the curb, then mulching may be the way to go.  The Town of Greenburgh has seen many communities starting to adopt the Love ‘em and Leave ‘em campaign, which consists of using the leaves on your front yard to fertilize your grass.

Hastings Mayor Peter Swiderski sent out a message to residents this week detailing the advantages of mulching leaves rather than raking and disposing of them.

“The benefits are clear,” Swiderski said in the message.  “You’ll reduce your need for commercial fertilizers, and may never buy mulch again. You’ll save effort: many homeowners (and landscapers) find that mulching leaves in place actually is easier than raking or blowing them to the curb.”

Swiderski said in his message there are a variety of ways to mulch leaves, such as shredding them with a lawn mower and leaving them in place on the lawn.  You can also compost them in a pile or container on your property, shred them yourself to use as mulch in flowerbeds, or rake them into the woods.

Mulching instead of raking leaves could save the village thousands of dollars as Swiderski said the collecting, hauling and disposing of leaves costs the village upwards of $30,000.

Learn more about the Love ‘em and Leave ‘em campaign in this video describing the program and what it could mean going forward.

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