Compost in Your Gray Yard Waste Cart. Each house can put out five free yard waste extras per week in November. In October you can put out extra leaves for $6.85 tax per 32-gallon bag. You can also order a second 96-gallon yard waste cart for $22.06 tax per month — call Waste Management at425-587-0040 or 1-800-592-9995. Learn more about composting in Kirkland.
Feed Your Lawn. When leaves fall onto your lawn, mow over them. Use a mulching mower or lawnmower at its highest cutting height. Leaves are shredded into smaller pieces, allowing them to break down into the lawn. This will improve soil structure so that it retains more moisture. Learn more about Natural Yard Care.
Use for Mulch. Rake leaves directly into your garden beds and around trees. Leave some space around shrub stems and tree trunks for airflow. Your plants and soil will benefit from the protection the leaves provide, and the organic matter returned via their decomposition.
Compost in Your Yard. Dried leaves provide the carbon-rich “brown” material needed for composting. When added to nitrogen-rich “green” material, like grass clippings, they create rich compost that bolsters soil fertility. Speed decomposition by mowing over leaves first.