Love 'Em and Leave "Em

Leaves & Grass: Love 'Em & Leave 'Em!

Every spring, summer and fall, homeowners throw away nature’s valuable resources: leaves and grass clippings. The City of New Rochelle’s new “Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em” mulching campaign is a sustainable alternative that will add valuable material back to lawns and gardens.

The benefits of mulching include:
  • A healthy property: Mulching recycles nutrients into the soil to feed lawns & plants, provides a free natural fertilizer, and helps retain moisture.
  • Saving time and effort: Mulching leaves in place is easier and faster than raking or blowing leaves to the curb.
  • Helps the environment: Transporting and disposing of leaves wastes energy and contributes to pollution. Also, leaf piles block streets and traffic, clog storm drains, and result in excess nutrient runoff (phosphorus & nitrogen) polluting our waterways.
In May, the City Council unanimously passed a resolution encouraging onsite leaf and grass mulching. The “Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em” campaign is being coordinated in partnership with the Greenburgh Nature Center. For more information visit or contact the Director of Sustainability Kevin Kain at 914-654-2191.