Why NOT to Rake Your Leaves This Year
by Alec McClennan, on
Excited to get out and rake your leaves this weekend? If not, here's some good news:
Don't Rake...Mow Your Leaves
You know you should get the fallen leaves off your lawn so they don’t smother and kill your grass. Here’s a time saving tip. This year, get out the mower and mulch them in. Did you know that mulching leaves into a lawn reduces dandelions by 60% according to a study at Michigan State? Learn More and Watch our Mulching Your Leaves How To Video. You'll find some tips and tricks for mulching your leaves correctly.
Here are some steps:
1) Rake or Blow Leaves from your beds out into your lawn.
2) Run over the leaves a few times with the mower to chop them into small pieces.
3) Lightly rake the chopped leaves into a pile (much smaller than if you hadn't mowed).
4) Mow that pile a few more times and rake the remaining leaves into the lawn.
The important thing to remember is that you don't want your leaves to smother the grass. Raking them once after you've chopped them up will help the grass blades stand up and the leaf pieces to fall to the soil. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or issues with your lawn - now is a great time of year for us to fix any problems you might have.
Fall is the BEST time to start an organic lawn care program.
Feeding your lawn between now and Christmas will build the roots and prepare it for the winter and next year.