Waste of Creativity

No, we won't burn them all. Kissinger told me to rake them around the bottoms of the bushes, like this.

So said Janet's first yardwork mentor, John Macunovich, speaking one fall day of his own mentor, a family friend.

How many wheelbarrow rides did you have as a child? Chances are it was but a few but they rest large in memory. There is also a good chance you were tipped into a compost heap or brush pile at the end of the trip. Hope you haven't forgotten how good it is to heap and pile in your garden!

How many wheelbarrow rides did you have as a child? Chances are it was but a few but they rest large in memory. There is also a good chance you were tipped into a compost heap or brush pile at the end of the trip. Hope you haven't forgotten how good it is to heap and pile in your garden!

People used to make use of free plant materials. We can, too.

People used to make use of free plant materials. We can, too.

"Stuck" with yard waste? Not a problem if we stick together!

Keeping yard waste on-site conserves resources. (We made a plea for this recently in What's Coming Up 227, "Reuse Yard Waste.") It can be creative and artsy. It's also a challenge, especially if your yard waste disposal routine is suddenly changed by new trash hauling rules , ordinances or the decision of a friend whose pickup you used to trade down to a car.

So here's help. On this and the linked pages below are yard waste uses we gathered this week. They range from ho hum workhorse answers to some that are very clever and even whacky. We think it's the tip of the iceberg, or the tip of a very large, rich compost heap of ideas. So please watch for more at the Forum (Waste of Creativity? No!) where we have posted this to let others pile on.

Raked or stacked some yard waste? Let's see about putting it to use.

What to do with raked-up debris: Tree leaves, dead grass and twigs.

What to do with perennial debris: Last year's stems, this year's deadheading, and tall weeds.

What to do with weeds dug and cut from beds and lawn.

What to do with sod from edging existing beds or creating new.

What to do with shrub clippings after pruning and thinning bushes.

What to do with flexible wood, and vines, too.

What to do with logs and stumps: The bigger branches and chunks of wood

What to do with deadfall: The brittle wood such as branches that fall during storms.