As fall comes to a close and the leaves continue to fall, you may want to rethink your decision to rake your lawn. That's because those leaves have a lot of nutrients in them that can actually make your lawn more green in the Spring.
WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- A leaf exchange event held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension building in Watertown Saturday had locals dropping off their bagged leaves, while others came by to pick them up.
Those who picked them up plan to use them as compost, which can after a 9 month decomposition period, make for a great fertilizer.
"When making compost you need twice as much carbon material, such as leaves, as you would a Nitrogen material, such as food waste. So it's really important to be able to mix your food waste with something like leaves so you can make a really good compost," said Sayre Stevens, Cornell Cooperative Extension Recycling and Solid Waste Educator.
If putting your leaves in a compost bin isn't for you, experts say shred them with a lawnmower and leave them on your lawn.