What’s the best way to turn your fall leaves into commendable compost? Mike McGrath answers four questions that will help you procure the best black gold. Plus: Mike speaks with researcher and arborist, RJ Laverne, about new research, which reveals how trees in an urban environment can be extremely beneficial; and your fabulous phone calls.
Question of the Week
“I just watched the video of your TEDx talk on composting fall leaves and found it to be tremendously enlightening. Can you do the same thing with lawn clippings and/or hay?”
Cenzo in Finland, PA
Photo by Flickr user Joi Ito
Highlights from show for November 1, 2014:
Special guest: RJ Laverne
Mike speaks with RJ Laverne, researcher and professional arborist, who talks about the many benefits of trees in an urban landscape. Most compelling is his experiments showing what an area sounds like before trees are installed and after. It’s quite different. Simply having trees outside your window has been shown to lower blood pressure and stress levels and even helps people focus. Laverne became passionate about this when he saw hundreds of trees being decimated by the emerald ash borer, which is a particularly difficult pest to control.