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Posted on: October 5, 2021

Leaf Mulching

Leaf Mulching

Don’t feel like raking leaves? That’s okay! The City of Glendale encourages residents to mulch leaves! Why? There are so many benefits: soil enrichment, water conservation, banned from landfill, saves money, insulation, and weed control. So let’s get started….

  • Keep your mower blade sharp
  • Set your mower blade to 2.5 inches high
  • Mow leaves when dry to prevent clumping
  • Push lawnmower slowly to give mower time to chop up leaves
  • Mow leaves when there is no more than 1 inch of leaf litter
  • When adding mulch to gardens, do not put mulch right up to the base of plants or trees and make the mulch no deeper than 2 to 3 inches
  • If your lawnmower bags yard waste, either remove the bag to spread mulch evenly over the lawn, or use the bagged mulch where necessary around trees, shrubs and gardens
  • You may be able to convert your mower to a mulching mower by purchasing a mulching blade retrofit kit which is available at hardware stores and garden centers; mulching blades chop up leaves many times, producing very small leaf pieces
  • If you use a lawn service, ask them to leaf mulch

For more information on leaf mulching and what you can do with leaf mulch, visit the City’s website at https://www.glendale-wi.org/763/Leaf-Mulching. Happy Mulching!

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