The Village of Irvington strongly encourages its residents and landscapers who work in the village to adopt Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em (LELE) practices on their property, providing a chemical-free landscape and enabling a mix of habitats for overwintering fauna. LELE encourages native plantings in place of the traditional suburban mono-cultural lawn “deserts” and the use of electric-powered battery yard tools.
A “climate smart” approach to lawn care, for example, supports and encourages using the full range of leaf management techniques:
Rake whole leaves into wooded margins of yard (allowing important insects and small creatures a warm spot to overwinter).
Rake some leaves and branches into a scrub pile (providing winter cover for birds and small animals).
Mulch mow remaining leaves on the lawn (leaving in place for “free” fertilization).
Mulch mow leaves on hardscape, then use as mulch on landscape beds.