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Weighing Your Leaf Pickup Options

November 9, 2017.

After a long day of raking and gathering, does the idea of finding a home for your leaves seem like a more daunting task? Left to lie, those leaves would trap moisture, block the sun, and create the perfect breeding ground for microbial growth capable of damaging grass. Raked and bagged, they’re eyesores taking up space and your municipal waste management company may refuse to handle them. You’ve put in the back-breaking labor to remove the leaves; don’t exceed that effort simply trying to dispose of them.

Common Leaf Pickup and Removal Options

There are a few ways to approach this dilemma, each with its own perks and drawbacks.

You can invest in an expensive riding mower capable of mulching leaves, then make the first and last run of the season before storing it away until spring. This requires you to make a substantial upfront investment that you won’t begin to see a real return on until the next season, but does provide a quick and relatively easy method of leaf disposal. You won’t have the fuss of bagging, but you’ll have to be able to navigate an uneven or heavily treed lot with some ease to effectively reach all leaves.

Burning leaves is another classic choice, though it’s regulated by most local governments. You’ll need to carefully research local ordinances before you even begin raking. If there are only certain times when burning is allowed, it’s important you comply with these laws. Fires are inherently risky, of course, but do present a very effective method of disposal.

If your city does offer a municipal pickup service, this can also be a good solution. These seasonal special services tend to happen on specific days, so you’ll need to find out what services, if any, your area offers and when they are scheduled. There are also guidelines and rules to consider, as you’ll likely need to meet a set of basic criteria in order for the city to pick up your lawn waste.

Perhaps simplest of all, you can find a local service that specializes in leaf pickup, which will let you set the time and date for fast, efficient removal.

Making a Responsible Leaf Disposal Choice

Powerful, gas-powered mulching mowers increase the size of your carbon footprint. Burning isn’t an eco-friendly choice, either. Stuffing leaves into bags to be recycled is a double-edged sword because of the wasted plastic.  If you’re invested in making earth-conscious choices, leaf disposal presents an ethical quandary.

If you’re ready to get rid of your leaves while saving time and making a responsible environmental choice, our Jiffy Junk technicians will come to your Nassau or Suffolk County property, remove your leaves, and take them to a processing center to be made into mulch. They’re not burned, chopped, or sent to a landfill, and our white-glove services make removal a pleasant experience. We’ll even make sure the plastic bags are recycled, so you can enjoy a healthy lawn and a quiet conscience.

Call today: 844-543-3966.

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