Leave Your Leaves

Keeping soil covered by planting dense ground layers is important to retain both water and carbon in the soil. You can also use natural mulch, such as compost or leaves, which breaks down slowly, feeding microorganisms including mycorrhizae, which are the beneficial fungi associated with plant roots that are responsible for 50%-75% of the carbon stored in soil. If the mulch is left in place from year to year, soil is conserved, plants are supplied with nutrients, and carbon stays safely stored (sequestered) underground.