Here’s Why North Dakotans Shouldn’t Bag Their Leaves
WE know the leaves are pretty much gone by this point, but the next time they show up, you might want to keep that in mind.
Don’t pack them
According to NPR, wildlife experts say 8 million tons of leaves end up in landfills each year. Yes, I said TONS.
Save money on trash bags and leave the sheets alone.
The other thing
The other reason you might not want to pack your leaves is that they are actually very good for the grass. They are full of nutrients like nitrogen and potassium. It’s basically grass-based food.
The source also explains that it is good for insects and animals. Although you may not be a fan of spiders, slugs and other insects, they are important to the ecosystem. the leaves provide habitat for these creatures.
So what do you do instead?
You’re probably wondering “What am I supposed to do with all these sheets if I can’t wrap them?” — It’s just.
What kind of people would we be if we only proposed the problem without a solution?
Instead of bagging your leaves, you can mow them. The source explains that chopping them up makes them less awful. Another option is to rake them into your garden bed or around the base of your trees. This will save you from buying expensive mulch.
Easier said than done
While it’s easy to say “Just leave them”, it’s not so doable for those of us who live in the city. Leaves become wet and clumping and can clog drains. If this is something you struggle with, then do what you have to. However, if you want to try something a little more eco-friendly and low-maintenance/low-effort, you can just skip this fall ritual.
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