The streets and lawns are covered in fall leaves and most people are dreading the answer to, “what do I do with the fall leaves in my lawn?” Probably because most of us already know the answer. You need to deal with the fall leaves in your lawn. You have options…
Mulch your leaves
Fall leaves are a great source of organic matter for your lawn. Ideally, you should mulch your leaves on a regular basis throughout the fall. Mowing your lawn with a mulching mower is a great way to get the most benefit from the leaves. A mulching mower chops up leaves that give your lawn air, water and nutrients over the winter and spring months. If you have been mulching your fall leaves, your lawn will thank you properly this spring.
What if my leaves are wet?
This isn’t going to be easy. If your leaves are wet, you need to rake them up. If you don’t, the wet leaves will smother the grass blades underneath. A covering of wet leaves will keep the sun from warming up your lawn this spring. The longer your lawn stays cold, the longer it takes to wake up (and to turn green).
My lawn sleeps?
Dormancy just means your lawn has gone to sleep. It does this in the cold winter months. You can tell a lawn is dormant when it turns brown, that because it is conserving water and nutrients. It isn’t dead, it’s dormant.
One more option…
You can use some of your fall leaves for flower bed coverage. A thin layer of leaf coverage is good for your flower bed. Leaves can act as a natural mulch and can protect your flower beds from weeds. Just be careful to not let those leaves get too thick.
Whatever you decide to do with your fall leaves, do it soon!
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