Environmental group asks homeowners to leave leaves alone
An environmental movement that encourages people to mulch the leaves on their lawn instead of raking them has been picking up steam in Westchester County. Fiona Mitchell is a member of the organization called Leave the Leaves Alone, which was formed in Bedford last spring. She says the group promotes mulching the leaves that fall on the lawn over and over until the last leaf falls."The leaves fall, they decompose, they enrich the soil, improve the soil structure and the whole cycle begins all over again," she says.Mitchell adds that besides the environmental benefits, communities that currently spend a lot of money on leaf collection will save some tax dollars if they switch to mulching. Homeowners are advised to leave the leaves on their lawn during the fall and mulch them when they are using a special mower.