It’s an odd
thing to observe as a landscaper. Those who appear to love their lawns the most
tend to rob their lawns of one of its greatest benefits: leaves.
your leaves with a mulcher or a lawn mower, if done frequently enough for the
amount of foliage dropping to your lawn, doesn’t have to be an unappealing
site. If you shred the leaves while there are still some spikes of grass
showing through, the resulting mulch should settle down among the grass in such
a way that it will be hardly noticed, and you can keep that great looking lawn.
Even better – after a few year of mulching the leave in your lawn, you’ll find
that dandelions and crabgrass have moved on to bother your neighbors instead,
making you even more the envy of your neighborhood.
the nutrient rich and soil warming benefits of mulching your leaves, you may
find that your cold weather aches and pains are diminished. Let’s be honest –
raking leaves every other day doesn’t do much to sooth the pains associated
with colder weather.
choose to leave your leaves on the lawn and mulch them with your mower or
equipment sold specifically for that purpose, we highly recommend using shredded
leaves in your gardens and compost piles. Shredding leaves into small pieces
helps them to decompose faster, leaving more surface area for microbes. It also
prevents the leaves from packing into thick layers that might run water away
from your plants, or worse, prevent air from penetrating the soil.
You may find that some of
the mulch does not break down by spring. If that’s the case, simply remove
those pieces from your garden to allow for tender plants to emerge through – or
simply leave them there to keep weeds down throughout the growing season.
It’s the natural cycle of
the planet to drop leaves before winter. Sacrificing these benefits for a slightly
greener yard at the end of the growing season simply doesn’t make any sense –
so remember leave your leaves this Autumn and give your soil the nutrients and
winter protection it deserves.