Using Autumn Leaves As Mulch and/or Compost

"When households use their own leaves for mulch and compost, they can save money on fertilizer and reduce the need for municipal yard waste collection," explains Brad Wolbert, Department of Natural Resources recycling and solid waste chief. It reduces costs for local governments and families and relieves communities of the hazards of burning. Leaves are rich in carbon, phosphorus and potassium, which are all essential nutrients needed by plants and turf grasses. Mowing leaves along with the grass during fall can promote healthy, beautiful lawns, and raked leaves can be collected and used as winter ground cover for insulating gardens, tree roots and shrubs. Learn more at