We love when the leaves change color as it brings those beautiful fall hues that we treasure so much. But as what happens when the leaves eventually fall off the trees? We have to rake them up. Not a fun job for sure.
While a few leaves won’t harm your lawn you need to deal with them as soon as they begin to pile up. A large layer of leaves can smother your turf, blocking sun from reaching the grass blades and limiting air circulation, which can cause turf diseases. It also keeps the lawn moist, which can rot turf roots. In short, if you leave enough leaves on your lawn you can kill your grass.
Whether you choose to rake or mow the leaves, it’s better to do it before they get wet and soggy. Wet leaves won’t chop correctly in a mower and they tend to clog rakes and leaf blowers.
You can skip raking leaves completely if you mow them. If you plan to compost the leaves, chopping them first speeds up the decomposition. If you need to gather leaves and set them out for community yard waste pickup, plan to reduce leaf volume – and the number of yard waste bags you need to use. Use a leaf vacuum with a shredder feature to chop leaves, or mow over them and use the grass catcher attachment on your mower to capture leaf bits.
Dealing with leaves may not be how you want to spend an afternoon, but the health of your lawn depends on it.