Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

Grass Clippings

Reduce - Leave it!

  • Allow grass clippings to remain on the lawn

Reuse - Mulch it!

  • Collect grass clippings and use as mulch on vegetable or ornamental gardens

Recycle - Compose it!

  • Collect grass clippings and use as a compost additive.

Food Scraps

Recycle - Compose it!

  • Compost in a closed-air composting unit. Bury food scraps in a compost pile. Dig trench in garden and bury food scraps Vermicompost (worm bin).

Weeds And Garden Debris

Recycle - Compose it!

  • Use as a compost additive. Do not allow to go to seed and do not compost diseased or poisonous plants. Tough stalks should be chopped for faster results.

Leaves

Reduce - Leave it!

  • Leaves can remain on the lawn to decompose as in a forest. This is appropriate if you want a natural setting. Chop leaves with a mower, and allow to remain on the lawn.

Reuse - Mulch it!

  • Chop leaves with a mower, and use mulch to protect garden and ornamental beds.

Recycle - Compose it!

  • Use leaves as an ingredient in a compost system.

Brush And Wood Materials

Reduce - Leave it!

  • Build a brush pile to attract and provide protection for birds (if appropriate for your property)

Reuse - Mulch it!

  • Use large branches of hardwood trees for firewood. Chip brush and woody materials for use as mulch.

Recycle - Compose it!

  • Woody materials can be composted, but take much longer than other material. To accelerate composting,it is recommended to chip orshred woody material.
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