Fall Leaves: Rake or Mow?

Our lawns are now covered with fall leaves, so what should we do about them?

Our lawns are becoming covered in fall leaves.  So what should we do about them—rake or mow? 

The easiest method I have found is to set my mower blade at 3 1/2 inches deep and mow my leaves about once or twice a week. This proves to be the simplest way to turn them into lawn-nourishing mulch.

Allowing the shredded leaves to work into my lawn and leach into the ground during the winter months adds rich nutrients to the soil. Broken down mulched leaves are the best natural fertilizer for your grass.

The only problem is that you have to keep up with the mowing. Leaves cannot get too deep. Mowing must be done as the leaves fall, not after all the leaves have fallen.

Depending on the size of your lawn, raking leaves can be back-breaking. It must be done at least three times in the season or the depth of the leaves can actually harm the grass. Once raked and gathered, they must be bagged for disposal or piled up to be composted.

Composting or recycling your leaves is easy. Simply pile the leaves in a designated spot in your yard, add some layers of dirt, turn over your pile about twice a month and by spring, you will have a pile of nutrient rich soil to add to your garden or flower bed.

Rake or mow? The choice is yours. Or better yet, do my neighbors method and just let the wind blow them away!

Dick October 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM
And just where does one get rid of twigs,and a over abundance of leaves? This town needs a recycle,compost facility
joseph mcgruff October 10, 2012 at 03:57 PM
We live in the woods soooooo....
Cooper October 10, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Or you can just find a corner to pile the leaves in - best in some out of the way corner where the wind will help keep them there - and just let nature take it's course. We get plenty of leaf mold to work into the gardens this lazy way. They'll keep boiling down to manageable size, too. Bagging leaves and putting them out for the trash is a lot of work and needless expense for the homeowner and the town makes no sense to me at all.


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