Territory and Municipal Services have some suggestions on where to see pretty leaves around town. And a plea to not rake them onto the street:
With Canberra’s trees well into their autumn transformation, people are encouraged to recycle fallen leaves by using them as garden mulch or composting them, Michael Brice, Territory and Municipal Services’ Urban Treescapes Manager, said today.
“At this time of year, deciduous trees gradually shed their leaves, creating a great deal of leaf litter around many homes,” Mr Brice said.
“Too often people are keen to rid their lawns and gardens of fallen leaves without realising they are a good source of mulch, compost and natural nutrients for their garden.
“Smaller leaves can be left in your garden so they can break down gradually and add nutrients to the soil. The leaves can also be shredded together with prunings and grass clippings to produce nutrient-rich compost ready for use in spring.
“Unfortunately, some people rake leaves off their lawn and nature strips onto the street. This can cause the gutters and drains to become blocked and can ultimately lead to high nutrient levels in our lakes once the leaves get there from the stormwater network. People are encouraged to make use of the leaves in the front garden and on the nature strip too.”