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Healthy Yards During Leaf Season

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October 20, 2021

Editor’s Note: From the Village of Irvington:

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.
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