Love Your Lakes, Don’t Leaf Them!

 

 

 

#1- What you do with your leaves affects the lakes -When leaf piles sit in the street, wind and rain carry them to drains and eventually into lakes and streams. Leaves contain nutrients that fertilize algae, which can turn lakes green.

#2- Composting your leaves saves you time and money -Composting leaves make a great fertilizer and are a valuable mulch for gardens, flower beds and around trees.

#3- Your municipality has rules for leaf collection -If you opt to rake, follow your municipality’s guidelines. They will often have leaf collection days or a location for leaf drop off.

#4- Keeping your leaves out of the street shows you care for your lakes -Show your love by keeping leaves out of the street and proudly displaying a yard sign to show everyone you care. This may help get neighbors and other community members on board too!

#5- What you do with your leaves affects your lakes -Rain seeping through leaf piles creates a nutrient-rich “tea” that flows along the curb and into the storm drains, even if the leaves themselves don’t move an inch.

#6- Composting your leaves saves you time and money -You can replace one fertilizer application each year by using a mulching lawn mower and leaving the mulched leaves right on your lawn.

#7- Keeping your leaves out of the street shows you care for your lakes -Try composting just some of your leaves even if you have too many to compost them all. Think of fallen leaves as an asset instead of waste.

#8- What you do with your leaves affects your lakes -Leaves can feed plants in your garden or algae in the lakes depending on where you put them. Show you love the lakes by keeping leaves and grass clippings out the street.

We would like to give a special thanks to My Fair Lakes at: www.myfairlakes.com for their Leafism information!