We are spending hundreds of man hours blowing and raking leaves to get them to the roadside waiting for pick up. Before the town trucks come round many leaves blow right back onto your yard - or your neighbor’s yard!
Leaf blowing results in not just the leaves being blown, but your topsoil, necessary for healthy plant growth.
Because your plants have trouble growing in poor soil, which becomes compacted and doesn't receive sustenance through decomposing leaves, you are probably fertilizing to compensate.
Fertilizer can be expensive, and only provides a short-term solution to the soil nutrition problem. It doesn't solve the soil structure problem. Most fertilizers are not applied correctly and the excess chemicals leach into our waterways.
The time spent by our town workers (approx. 2,500 man hours each fall) could be spent on other things, improving productivity.
Think about it - an average of seven town vehicles used in Bedford for five weeks, means at least seven town workers, spending five full weeks collecting our leaves. If they weren't doing that they could be re-deployed to other priorities.
To add a 2” layer of mulch to a 40 x 4 ft flower or vegetable bed you need one cubic yard (or 13.5 x 2 cu. ft. bags) of mulch. If you get one cubic yard of mulch delivered to your home, it costs about $30; plus there's usually a delivery charge of about $40.
Leaf mulch is FREE!
When you use your own leaves to mulch your beds you know that they are disease free. Commercial mulch is usually made from trees that have to come down for a reason -- and who knows the reason? When you bring mulch onto your property you risk importing disease or harmful insects.