Healthy Yards is organized by a team of professional gardeners, master gardeners and garden “passionates” in Westchester County. We are nationally and locally active and work together with different organizations and governmental bodies. Our goal is to inform people about Healthier Yard practices.
Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em
Not mulching leaves or grass-cycling on-site? You’re wasting time & money!
Reduce your annual cost for fall leaf collection/handling by shredding leaves on-site and retaining this valuable resource as mulch. Adding grass-cycling provides a full three-season approach to turf management for parks and public spaces.
More Sustainable (and Beautiful) Alternatives to a Grass Lawn
In a case of taking “the grass is always greener” a bit too literally, American homeowners have long strived to make their lawns brighter, lusher, and more velvety than their neighbors’. But all that competition has a devastating environmental impact. Every year across the country, lawns consume nearly 3 trillion gallons of water a year, 200 million gallons of gas (for all that mowing), and 70 million pounds of pesticides.
Leave Leaves Alone!
Leave Leaves Alone! was developed by a group of Bedford, NY, residents in 2011, most of whom were Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, concerned about the environmental pollution and destruction of soil properties caused by the practice of leaf blowing. Our message goes far further than our small town and our mission is to educate landscapers and homeowners on the value of leaves and leaf mulch; to remind them that nature is there to do most of the work for us, and that fall leaves are a great natural resource that should be valued and not regarded as trash.