#1: "Leave It On The Lawn, Kingston!" MULCHING LEAVES

The City of Kingston and The Kingston Land Trust’s Garden Committee asks the citizens of Kingston to re-think bagging their leaves this season.

Lend a hand to help Kingston help itself, and the “Leave it on the Lawn, Kingston!” program has been designed to do just that.

Here’s why, and here’s how:

* Mulching leaves takes a serious waste disposal problem and stops it at it’s source. Additionally, it only takes 1/4 of the time than bagging them.

* All municipal collection costs are avoided for leaves that are mulched by residents.

* Leaves contain 50-80% of the plants nutrients!  The only ‘waste’ in leaf  landscape ‘waste’ is in not using them as they were naturally intended.

* Leaves ultimately clog storm drains when raked into the street. By mulching, residents can help to keep our sewer system clear.

STEP ONE:  Collect the leaves on your lawn.

STEP ONE: Collect the leaves on your lawn.

STEP TWO:  Remove any yard waste items (such as sticks) from the pile that cannot be mowed.

STEP TWO: Remove any landscape waste items (such as sticks) from the pile that cannot be mowed.

STEP THREE:  Level your leaf pile.

STEP THREE: Level your leaf pile.

STEP FOUR: Mow your leaves! Two passes if necessary.

STEP FOUR: Mow your leaves! Two passes if necessary.

STEP FIVE: Leave your beautiful leaf mulch on the lawn, or....

STEP FIVE: Leave your beautiful leaf mulch on the lawn, or....

STEP SIX: Use your mulch in your gardens.

STEP SIX: ...use leaf mulch in your gardens.

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