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How to Properly Dispose of Leaves at your Home

It’s fall, which means the leaves will soon start to change colors and eventually will fall from the trees. There’s nothing like the thought of falling into a pile of fresh fallen leaves, or to run through them and see them scatter about, however, when leaves are taking over your home, the nostalgia will quickly wear off. Here are some tips on how to properly dispose of leaves at your home.

  • Bag Them: Check with the city to see what kinds of bags are allowed, as some will only pick them up in clear plastic bags, while others require recyclable paper bags. Also, ask when you can expect them to be picked up so you can leave them out.
  • Vacuum Them Up: Inquire to see if a leaf vacuum truck is available. These trucks drive around and pick up leaves a few times each season from the curb.
  • Decompose: If you compost, why not add your leaves to the pile? Shred them for faster decomposition before adding them to your pile.
  • Mulch Leaves: A mulching lawn mower will make quick work of your leaves. They will quickly decompose and you can use the mulch to nourish your lawn next spring.

Burning piles of leaves used to be a go-to method, and while some cities and states still allow it, many do not. If you’re thinking about burning off piles of leaves, be sure to check that it’s legal. Additionally, you will need to take precautions since it’s a fire hazard. Mulching leaves is probably the best option since it has obvious benefits like repurposing, but any of the above options will help ensure that your home is leaf-free this fall!

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By Diego Loya

Diego Loya is a Realtor - Broker at Home Living Real Estate Brokerage, a Orange County full services real estate company. Over the past 12 years, Diego has helped homeowners sell and buy their homes. He's loves educating and empowering real estate consumers. You can find him on Google, Facebook and Twitter.

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