What Should I Do With Dead Leaves?

In the summertime leaves are left outside because they provide shade and warmth to your home. However, in winter, leaves may become dangerous if not properly disposed of. When leaves get too dry or brittle, they can cause damage to doors and windows. If you have fallen trees or power lines down around your property, then falling branches could break off and injure yourself or others nearby. Leaves can also be used to make explosives. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of disposing of them, then just leave them out during the winter months.

Fall Leaf Clean Up Tips:

1) Leave leaves outdoors in all seasons (even when it’s cold).

They will wilt and eventually fall apart into small pieces which won’t hurt anyone else.

2) Use a shovel or rake to remove any leaves that aren’t needed indoors.

3) If leaves are really large, use a lawn mower to cut them into smaller pieces.

4) Don’t forget to check for loose wires and downed trees!

What Should I Do With Dried Leaves?

When leaves dry, they lose their shape and become brittle. In most cases, dried leaves are safe to walk on because they lack the moisture needed for them to be crushed easily. Be sure not to stand or walk on large piles of dried leaves because they can still break if stepped on repeatedly. Small piles are fine, though. You can even jump on them!

What Should I Do With Autumn Leaves?

Those gorgeous reds, oranges, and yellows that appear every fall are actually leaves that are about to fall off the trees. They’re especially beautiful during the months of October and November. In most cases, they need to be raked before the winter season comes.

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