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How to Dispose of Your Autumn Leaves

Fall has arrived and so have the autumn leaves, but after about two weeks they’re going to go from “beautiful” to “annoying” and it will be time to get rid of them.</br></br>But, where do they go? Where do all those beautiful leaves go? Well … it all depends on where you leave. Uh, live. You know what we mean.</br></br><strong>1.  Burn your leaves.</strong></br></br>If you live in a place that still allows you to burn your leaves, congratulations! That is an awesome place to live, because nothing says fall like the smell of burning leaves.</br></br>But before you get out the Zippo, keep these safety tips in mind:</br></br>- Pick a windless day.</br>- Don’t use an accelerant.</br>- Monitor your burn the entire time.</br>- Douse your leftovers with water.</br></br><strong>2. Bag your leaves.</strong></br></br>This is what happens to a lot of the leaves that don’t blow away on their own. Many municipalities have pickup days for leaves and other yard waste – check your city’s waste management website for more details.</br></br>Oh, and be sure to use biodegradable bags!</br></br><strong>3. Blow your leaves away.</strong></br></br>Ah, the leaf blower – if rakes could talk, they probably wouldn’t have anything nice to say about leaf blowers. They can be helpful, though; especially for folks who have trouble gripping garden tools.</br></br>Of course, the big idea here is to blow them into a loose pile, bag them up and see #2 above. But, sometimes it’s more fun to …</br></br><strong>4. Blow your leaves into the neighbor’s yard.</strong></br></br>Nobody’s looking, and we're not telling.</br></br><strong>5. Compost your leaves.</strong></br></br>Fall is a great time for composting thanks to the damp that usually accompanies the season. And anyway, it’s <em>always</em> a good time for composting.</br></br>But, if you don’t compost and you’re cool with that natural look, you can always have a little fun with it ...</br></br><strong>6. Put your leaves in a pile and jump in them.</strong></br></br>You knew we were saving the best for last.</br></br>Enjoy your fall leaf-removal project; even if that means you just, ah, leave them alone.
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