QUESTION:  TO RAKE, or NOT TO RAKE?

Answer:  Consider NOT raking.  Mulch those leaves instead!

It’s great for your wallet, your back and your soil!

 It’s the annual fall dilemma. The leaves that have fallen on the lawn need to be removed, but there are more on the trees. Should you rake them up now or wait until the limbs are bare?

Neither! Bag the rake, not the leaves.

https://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/stories/why-you-should-mulch-leaves-not-rake-them

 Instead of raking leaves, stuffing them into lawn bags and hauling the bags to the curb, mow them with a mulching mower — a lawnmower with a specially designed high deck and a mulching blade that chops leaves into fragments as tiny as confetti. As the shredded leaves decompose, they will act as a natural fertilizer and weed control agent.

For those who insist on a spotless lawn year-round and might be concerned about what the neighbors will think of the brown leaf bits the mower leaves behind, don’t worry. The shredded leaves will filter through the grass and disappear from sight. In northern lawns that go dormant or in grasses such as Bermuda or zoysia that turn a dormant brown color in winter, the shredded leaves may even blend right in. Better yet, if you continue this practice each fall, in a few years mulching can help you have a luscious spring and summer lawn free of dandelions and crabgrass that will be the envy of people up and down the street.

Check out the above website for a complete how-to!

The Indian Hills Environment Committee meets the third Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted on the city’s calendar. All meetings are open to the public and visitors are welcome.

The meetings begin at 5:00 PM at the Second Presbyterian Church (Room 219), which is located at 3701 Old Brownsboro Road.

If you have any questions, please contact

Council Member Mimi Zinniel

502-541-3202

mmzinniel@gmail.com

or

Council Member LuAnn George

502-893-4292

luann502@gmail.com

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