Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry is asking Fort Wayne residents to consider a “green” alternative to the traditional leaf collection this fall: mulching leaves on site in the yard.
Instead of raking all leaves to the park strip for pick-up, City residents can mow through the leaves, leaving them to biodegrade in the lawn and providing extra nutrients for the grass and soil. Turf experts from Purdue and Michigan State have found this to be an effective method for managing leaves.
It ain’t about green — it’s about the city looking for ways to save money by not picking up leaves. And going from three leaf pickups to two is a perfectly reasonable way for the city to save a little. It doesn’t have to be justified on any other grounds. And mulching won’t be enough for people with a lot of trees — maybe we ought to let them go back to leaf burning. I miss the smell.