In the woodlands of Southborough’s Beals Preserve there are — not surprisingly — a lot of fallen leaves. But turns out there are even more leaves at the preserve than there should be.
Boy Scouts from Southborough Troop 92 spent Sunday afternoon working with the Southborough Open Land Foundation to clean up piles of leaves that had been dumped illegally at the preserve.
When I stopped by to take some photos of the work, SOLF members told me dumped leaves and other yard waste can cause problems for the ecosystem. Piles of leaves can smother native plants on the conservation land. Dumped yard waste can introduce foreign chemicals like the pesticides used to treat grass.
Dumping any kind of debris — including leaves and yard waste — on conservation land like the Beals Preserve is against state law. SOLF representatives said they would soon post “No Dumping” signs on the land they manage to help educate residents.
Better options for disposing of your yard waste include hiring a landscaper to haul the leaves away, starting a compost pile in your yard, or bringing unbagged leaves and other yard waste to the Transfer Station (disposal guide here).