With autumn officially underway, it won’t be long before your neighborhood trees have turned orange and red, and then shed their summer foliage. For many, that means it’s time for a little raking and a big leafy fire.
Burning leaves, however, is bad for the environment and bad for you. The burning of plant matter, however seemingly natural, releases chemicals including carbon monoxide and other toxins that contribute to global warming, and when burning matter is wet, even more chemicals are released—so much so that standing by a burning leaf pile can be as bad for you and having a smoke break. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do with those fallen leaves instead. Below, six good options to get you started.
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