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FEBRUARY 01 2022 /
Fall is upon us. Which means so are all those leaves! Leaves can be a hassle, especially when it comes to figuring out what to do with them. For years, homeowners have been stuck with the question–to rake or not to rake? While there are pros and cons to both raking and not raking your leaves, we’re here to clear up the confusion.
Here’s everything you need to know about raking (or not raking) your leaves this season.
Though important, leaf raking isn’t just about keeping your yard looking tidy. There are plenty of reasons why raking up leaves off of your yard is good for your lawn. Below are some reasons to rake your leaves this season.Breathing Room
Grass needs an adequate amount of air to be able to survive. Raking leaves off of your yard allows for healthy aeration to your lawn.Snowy Conditions
Fall is for the leaves and winter is for snow! When leaves fall onto your yard and keep piling up, the snow that comes in the winter will mat those leaves down, preventing your lawn from getting that breathing room that it needs.Bugs!
If there’s anything we know well, it’s pests. To keep pests out of your yard and home, it’s best not to encourage them in the first place. When it starts getting colder those layers and layers of leaves in your yard look like the perfect home to a pest. Raking your leaves can help keep pests away.The Great Barrier
In addition to blocking out the proper air supply, too many leaves can create a barrier that blocks plenty of other important things too. Lawns need the nutrients and water that come with the natural ebb and flow of the weather during the winter. Believe it or not, proper irrigation is necessary for a healthy lawn even in the winter!
The reasons that we have for raking our leaves in the fall all make sense. But believe it or not, there are also some benefits to letting your leaves stay on your lawn. A better solution to raking and bagging all season long is running a lawn mower over your leaves instead.
Running a lawn mower over your leaves can be considered organic mulching. It doesn’t take any special equipment to mulch – just mow the same way you would without leaves on it. The mower takes the leaves, slices them into tiny pieces and shoots them back out onto your lawn, leaving a layer of organic mulch that can benefit your lawn.Leaves are organic matter that can actually benefit your lawn in a few ways. For one, a light layer of leaves left on your lawn during the winter can actually suppress weeds in the spring. Second, all of the nutrients that leaves give your grass will promote healthier growth for your lawn. If you really want to get fancy with it, you can purchase a mulching attachment for your mower which will chop your leaves up even more finely, making them almost unrecognizable as leaves. Either way, mowing your leaves to create a nutrient layer for your yard is easier than raking and can be done less often – so give it a shot this season!