No need to rake leaves this fall. Here's why.

Should we rake leaves, or not ?

   Instead of raking the leaves, wait until they’re good and crunchy (ripe for jumping into), and then mow the leaves into little pieces. Then, you can just leave them! The leaves will serve as mulch and will protect the soil around your trees, shrubs, or garden. Research actually shows that leaving the leaves on your yard in such a manner not only does your lawn no harm; it can actually impede weed growth.

Another option you have is to compost your leaves, but you simply can’t rake up all your leaves into a big pile and expect them to compost themselves. Composting requires regular turning of the leaves as well as the right amount of moisture. 

“Successfully mulching leaves into a lawn canopy requires more frequent mowing in the fall and possibly several passes with the mower to mulch the leaves sufficiently.  Specialized mulching mowers can also be purchased, and these mower types will also be beneficial year-round to mulch grass leaves into the canopy.  Chopping leaves into small pieces is important.   “

   There’s some really good information here for all of you homeowners looking to avoid the leaf raking process this weekend.  The real answer to this question is NO, but it comes with one catch……he most important point with fall cleanup is that the tree leaves are not covering a significant portion of the turfgrass canopy.  10-20% coverage of your lawn might be okay, but I certainly would make sure the leaves aren’t covering any more than that.  Excessive leaf matter on your lawn going into winter is bad for several reasons.  First, it will smother the grass and if not removed very soon in the spring it will inhibit growth.  Second, it can promote the snow mold diseases.  And finally, turf damage from critters (voles, mice) can be more extensive in the spring. 

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