Garden Help


  • Collecting lawn clipping is not necessary and actually depletes the soil of nutrients and organic matter. Grass clipping do NOT lead to thatch buildup. Instead, use a mulching lawn mower so lawn clippings don’t have to be collected.. If collected, lawn clippings can be added to your compost pile.
  • Whatever you do, don’t send leaves to a landfill. Instead, compost them or use, support, or work to develop a yard waste recycling program in your neighborhood.


  • Develop your own compost pile so you can return the valuable plant material back to the soil in your yard.
  • Don’t send plant-based garden waste to a landfill. Instead, support your local yard waste recycling program for any materials you can’t compost and use in your own yard.
  • Reuse plastic, clay, and other pots in your garden. Don’t send them to a landfill. And, when a plastic pot has enjoyed a good life, send it to be recycled. In St. Louis the Missouri Botanical Garden has offered a pot recycling service since 1998.
  • If you want to use a chipper-shredder for light use, electric ones result in less air pollution than gas-powered.

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