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Don't fall for common yard waste mistakes

Don't fall for common yard waste mistakes
Posted on 10/01/2018
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Autumn leaves are a beautiful sight: but they seem less magical when it's time to clean them up. Consider these steps to streamline your fall lawn care routine while protecting the environment.

Convenient compost starter

In autumn, your lawn provides a wealth of materials to kickstart a good compost pile. Compost matures more quickly when there's a 2:1 ratio of browns (carbon) to greens (nitrogen). Browns like

fall leaves, straw, nut shells and pine needles are plentiful this time of year. The Johnson County K-State Extension Office has many great resources to help you pick a compost bin style that fits your needs. Learn more at

Dispose of your leaves properly

Raking your leaves into a stream, creek or street is not OK. Yard waste clogs storm drains and creeks, and it introduces pollutants to the water supply. If you want to remove leaves from your lawn, make sure they are bagged in compostable containers, like brown yard waste bags and left for your waste hauler. You can also dispose of yard waste at Dumpster Days on Oct. 6–7.

Mulch mowing saves time and money

Mowing over fallen leaves returns nutrients back to the soil, which lessens the need for additional fertilizer. And, you save hours of work.

Published Oct. 1, 2018