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What are leafcycling and grasscycling?

Basically, it’s taking our cue from nature and letting leaves, flowers, stems, blades of grass and other types of yard waste decompose in the soil where they grew.


How do I start leafcycling?

It’s as easy as can be. All you have to do is shred the leaves on the lawn in fall using your mower. No more raking!

If you have a regular lawnmower, simply switch to a mulching blade.

If you have a mulching lawnmower, you’re all set to go. Your mower is already perfect for leafcycling, since it cuts the fallen leaves into small pieces that microorganisms in the soil can easily break down.

Helpful tips

  • Before the leaves start to fall, sharpen your mower blade and trim the grass to 5 cm. That way, the lawn will dry out quickly and the leaves will stay on top, making them easier to shred.
  • Mow regularly as the leaves fall. It saves you from having to shred large piles of wet, compacted leaves.

Lawn care myth

It is not true that shredded leaf mulch will pack down and kill your grass. In fact, earthworms and microorganisms in the soil help it decompose quite quickly.

Did you know?

Because a tree’s roots extend far beyond its dripline, it can extract minerals from the soil under your lawn. This means that leafcycling will actually benefit your trees as well.


Grasscycling is a simple, economical and green way to reduce waste at the source. All you do is leave the grass clippings on the lawn when you mow. The clippings break down quickly and provide nitrogen and water to the soil, acting as a natural fertilizer.

Leafcycling and grasscycling are a great choice for yard care.

Environmentally friendly: It eliminates the need for bags, minimizes fertilizer and water use, takes transportation out of the equation, decreases the waste going to landfill and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Cost-effective: You save yourself money not buying supplies (fertilizers, bags, etc.) and also reduce costs for the Town (collection, landfill operation, etc.).

Leafcycling under evergreen or oak trees

Leave pine needles and oak leaves where they fall to let the trees benefit from the mulch and the nutrients released. It’s an uphill battle to grow grass under oak and pine, so you’re better off with a garden bed full of acid-loving plants that won’t suffer for your leafcycling efforts.


Advantages of leafcycling and grasscycling

• Return nutrients to the soil

• Benefit soil life and microorganisms

• Build better soil structure

• Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

• Save money

• Save time and effort

Reminder: Ban on pesticides and herbicides

The use of chemical pesticides (herbicides, insecticides and fungicides), which are harmful to both the environment and human health, is prohibited in Rosemère.


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