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Dr. Susan Barton: Fall lawn and leaf management

Dr. Susan Barton, from the University of Delaware, will be available for interviews on Thursday, October 19, from 1-3 p.m. ET.

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Interview opportunity available:

Thursday, October 19, from 1-3 p.m. ET

Autumn is the season of raking and bagging leaves – or is it? Some cities, environmental groups, and government agencies are encouraging homeowners to leave their leaves alone.

Available expert:

Dr. Susan Barton is a professor of plant and soil sciences at the University of Delaware. She can discuss topics including:

  • Why mulching leaves (or just not doing anything to them) instead of removing them can benefit lawns and gardens;
  • Additional reasons not to bag leaves, including keeping them out of landfills, reducing the resources needed to haul leaves away, and benefits to wildlife; and
  • Other evidence-based advice for fall lawn care, including when and how to fertilize lawns to minimize runoff that can harm local waterways.

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