And while the city of Eugene’s leaf pick-up program starts next month, adding leaves to your compost pile is another option.
Local compost specialists say leaves are a great addition to compost piles because they’re a carbon source. On average it takes about four to six months to break down normal kitchen waste, and leaves can help speed up that process.
One compost specialist say it’s best to run over the leaves with a lawnmower before adding them to your compost bin.
“If you don’t chop them up, they continue to mat and then they don’t break down so well because they just become anaerobic. They can’t breathe and they get all wet, and so they need to be chopped up and mixed up with other things,” said Barbara Dumesnil, Compost Specialist.
You can also put them on top of your vegetable beds to add nutrients back into the soil.