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Skip the Fall Yard Maintenance... It's Better for the Environment

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As backwards as it may seem, the fewer hours you spend trimming, clipping, and bagging everything in your yard, the better your yard may get next year. We all know that fall means hours of cutting and trimming the grass, raking leaves, pulling dead flowers, and piling them all into nice shining black trash bags and leaving them for the garbage man to pick up and whisk away all of your troubles. Well, maybe you should skip that step this year. According to, Americans generated about 250 million tons of trash in 2011… 13 percent of that was yard waste. This just adds to an already growing problem of full landfills and much of it is just not necessary. Instead of bagging those clippings, leaves, and dead summer plants, just mow over them. As these items break down they act as natural fertilizers by adding nutrients back into the soil. Now, you may not see the results this year as plants go dormant, but the nutrients will get stored into the ground until they are used as the soil unfreezes in the spring giving loads of food back to the very same plants that died or went dormant in the fall. This way you save time, money, and a sore back while your yard looks lush and green.

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