1. Compost: Composting recycles nutrients and helps keep debris out of streets and storm drains.
2. Mulch: You can use leaves, whole or shredded by a power mower, as winter or spring mulch. Spread two to three inches deep on top of shrubs and perennial beds.
3. Bag: If you must, rake and bag your leaves for pickup by your local municipality, contact your local town or village regarding pick up procedures and times.
To learn more about backyard composting, soil testing and what you can do to prevent Stormwater pollution visit www.rocklandcce.org.
You can also contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at (845) 429- 7085.