Fall is the time for getting gardens and yards prepped for winter. Did you know that fallen leaves serve as beneficial food and shelter for butterflies, beetles, bees, moths, and more? Color Fairport Green, a grassroots network of local volunteer environmental activists working toward a sustainable future in our surrounding community, advocates these 3 easy Fall Clean-Up Tips and the resources below:
🍁 Leave the leaves 🌱 Save the seeds 🚫 Know your weeds
Leave the Leaves: Save the leaf blower (or, even better, a sturdy push broom) for sidewalks and driveways. Leaves provide great nutrition for trees and shrubs, protection for overwintering butterflies, and is a great mulch for garden beds and natural paths. Experts disagree on the effect on your lawn, so if you're worried, you can shred them first.
Save the Seeds: Harvest seeds from blooms you love for winter seed-sharing events! Safer than plant exchanges (which can spread invasive species like Jumping Worms), seeds need a little time, a paper bag for storage, and a pen for labeling.
Learn about Weeds: Are you really sure that's a weed? Use popular apps like Seek or PictureThis to identify what's what in your yard. Maybe you didn't realize you've been spending time pulling out White Wood Asters, a low maintenance pretty little flower that's LOVED by pollinators. Or, unintentionally planted Japanese Honesuckle, which is listed as "invasive" by New York State yet still sold by local retailers. Make next year even better by getting informed.
Decided to leave the leaves? You're in good company! Here are a few others who know it's a good idea: