It was a delight to read the letter "Leaves and grass," printed in the Oct. 3 Grosse Pointe News. The letter writer questioned why his municipality spends taxpayer dollars to collect and dispose of leaves from homeowners' yards every year.
Like the letter writer I have been using a mulching lawn mower for years to deal with the leaf problem in my yard. I can assure all concerned that this method works great and it's been a long time since I've spent any money on lawn fertilizer.
For those of you who have a lot of trees on your property, sometimes the situation can be a little overwhelming even for a mulching mower. No problem. What we do here is simply take the excess leaves and use them as winter insulation for our flower beds, small rose garden and the shrubbery next to our home and along the backyard fence line. This is a very effective means of mitigating the freezing and thawing effect that sometimes happens in the Michigan spring. Serious freezing and thawing can hinder the growth of shrubs and flowering spring perennials.
Finally, after a couple months of warm weather and rain into the next year, the leaves for the most part, become excellent topsoil.
Yes, every autumn I watch with amusement and disgust as my neighbors (or their lawn services) busily put leaves into plastic bags so city employees being paid $20-plus per hour and driving expensive trucks, can pick up the leaves and take them to the Detroit incinerator or a landfill somewhere.