Message from Mayor Noam Bramson

New Rochelle is privileged to have neighborhoods filled with trees, lawns and landscaped gardens. Every spring, summer and fall, however, we throw away nature’s valuable resources - leaves and grass clippings.

The City of New Rochelle’s  “Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em” mulching campaign is a sustainable alternative that will add valuable material back to lawns and gardens. We are encouraging all landscapers and property owners to mulch mow leaves and grass clippings and leave them in place.

The benefits of leaf and grass mulch mowing (shredding in place) include:

  • A healthy property: Mulching recycles nutrients into the soil to feed lawns & plants, provides a free natural fertilizer, and helps retain moisture. 
  • Saving time and effort: Mulching leaves in place is easier and faster than raking or blowing them to the curb. 
  • Helps the environment: Transporting and disposing of leaves wastes energy and contributes to pollution. Also, leaf piles block streets and traffic, clog storm drains, and result in excess nutrient runoff (phosphorus & nitrogen) polluting our waterways. 

Noam Bramson, Mayor

Download Mayor Bramson's letter to residents (.pdf).
Download Mayor Bramson's letter to landscapers (.pdf).