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They have been burned, blown into piles, raked into bags and generally scorned everywhere. Fall leaves — so pretty on the trees, such a nuisance when they hit the ground — have long been a thing to be discarded. But now some cities are asking residents to do something radical: Leave the leaves alonemulch-leaves-proimage

In the past few years, belief has changed on the issue, proclaiming the benefits of mulching the leaves in place, rather than raking them up and taking them away. The technique involves mowing the leaves with special mulching blades, which shred them into tiny bits. That allows them to quickly decompose and naturally feed lawns and shrubs.

mulching-leaves-proimageOfficials are encouraging the practice for its cost savings: one city spends $3.5 million a year on private contractors who haul away leaves in tractor-trailers and bring them to commercial composting sites. At the same time, environmental groups and horticulturalists are praising the practice’s sustainability, devising slogans like “Leave Leaves Alone” and “Love ’Em and Leave ’Em.”

We’re all for the environment at Proimage Facility Solutions. Hey, we’ll take your money to haul your leaves away but we would rather see our customers practice good stewardship with the planet.

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