We are now well into autumn, and that means an abundance of yard and household chores. From cleaning out our gardens to prepping our homes for winter, to raking leaves, there is a lot to consider this time of year when it comes to working on your home.
One aspect of leaf-raking many may not take into consideration is what to do with the leaves when they've finally been removed from the yard. People often just bag them up and leave them on the curb to be collected with their trash. However, there are better alternatives for the environment than adding to landfills.
Chemical reactions occur in landfills that produce an abundance of greenhouse gases, a mix of predominantly methane and carbon dioxide. Microbes feeding off of the waste in landfills cause the release of these gases into the environment.
Many cities now offer alternatives to leaf disposal to help keep unnecessary waste out of landfills. Composting centers will take leaves and use them as eco-friendly fertilizers. While some green house gases are still emitted during this process, the levels are significantly lower than those created in landfills.
If your town doesn't offer a recycling program for your autumn leaves, you can also compost them yourself. Shred the leaves you gather and put them in a compost bin with an additional source of nitrogen (like manure) to help it break down faster. The compost can be saved for the spring or used in the late fall as your final lawn fertilizer for the season.
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Wet and stormy weather threatens to disrupt holiday plans from the Eastern Seaboard to the Gulf Coast, as well as across the Great Lakes on Memorial Day.
The risk of damaging thunderstorms will continue through the Memorial Day weekend with communities from Michigan to Texas being threatened into Sunday night.
Cyclonic Storm Mora in the Bay of Bengal will take aim at Bangladesh in the final days of May. Northeastern India and Myanmar also face dangers to lives and property.
The unsettled weather plaguing the northeastern United States will continue for much of the week.
The heaviest thunderstorms threatening Indianapolis on Sunday should hold off until after the Indy 500 is run, unless crashes prevent the race from finishing before the late afternoon.
Many communities in Germany will experience their warmest day so far this year on Monday as summerlike warmth surges back.
Sunday was a drier day for many across Britain, but showers will return for Monday's spring bank holiday.
Severe thunderstorms caused significant damage from the central Plains through the mid-Mississippi and Tennessee River valleys during the start of Memorial Day weekend.