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Burning with a desire to put dried leaves to good use

Garbage being fired by Corporaion worker at Krishnapurai Park in Chennai. Photo. M. Moorthy   | Photo Credit: M_Moorthy

H.K. Lakshman Rao, a resident of R. A. Puram, is promoting a less-practised technique of turning dried leaves and broken branches of trees into plant nutrients. He claims that he has been using this method at his residence and that its success has encouraged him to extend it to the Krishapuri Park, which is located near his house.

“There are two kinds of techniques that we use. One of them involves collecting the leaves and branches putting them inside a pit and sprinkling water on them. In the second technique, we collect the waste and burn it. Both the methods are effective in creating plant nutrients,” he says.

H.K.LakshmanRao says that he has gone through various research materials on this topic and tried them at home.

He has also suggested the idea to the Corporation.

“ The Corporation has sent two workers to help me carry out the process,” he says.

The collected garbage is burnt once in three weeks and the ash is kept in the park.

“There is research to show that wood ash can be a valuable source of lime, potassium, and other trace elements,” he adds. He can be contacted at 9381036989


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