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bag your leavesEach day, more leaves are falling, and the question you have is whether to bag your leaves.

According to some studies, you really do not have to rake and bake your leaves. Just go over your yard with your lawnmower every once in a while. Why? Leaves have incredible organic matter in them.

You really do not need special equipment to tackle this job either—a regular lawnmower is fine. Just close up the discharge outlet and your leaves will get chopped up even more.

The Benefits

Leaves possess organic material that is great for your soil. Research also does not support folks that claim too much leaf material will harm your lawn. It is not scientifically accurate or supported by research.

Mulching also suppresses weeds, which is great! By the same token, you could remove some of the leaves if your yard is literally caked with them. Use your best judgement. If you cannot see your grass really, you could remover about half of the leaves first before mulching.

Your mulched leaves can also be dumped into a garden area before the first snow starts flying.

The Soil

Remember, the health of your lawn is all about the health of what is underneath it—your soil. Do you really need that perfectly manicured lawn? Does it help the soil? Is it necessary?

Take a pass through with your lawnmower a couple times each week as the leaves fall. Bag maybe some of your leaves, but consider repurposing your mulched leaves for your garden or just leave them be for the winter.

Contact us

Serving Southern Maine, New Hampshire, and Northern Massachusetts, Heidelberg Farms is one of over 500 Organic Land Care Professionals accredited by the NOFA Organic Land Care Program.

Have questions about organic lawncare or what to do with your leaves? Call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919. We are happy to offer advice free of charge.

Life Partners

Whatever your beliefs regarding the age of our planet, it’s abundantly clear that bacteria have been rooting around our lawns and gardens for a long, long time—since the very beginning, in fact.

While these one-celled organisms have garnered a somewhat negative connotation, truth is that bacteria and animals (including humans) have always coexisted. Simply put, we wouldn’t be alive today—individually or as a species—if it weren’t for these basic building blocks of life.

Even today, we depend on bacteria for survival. And so do our lawns and gardens.

Learning to Love Bacteria

For every nasty infection, bacteria give us countless benefits—including helping grow much of the food we eat. Sadly, our tendency has been to eliminate them entirely, to the detriment of not only our food supply, but our overall health as well.

Instead, we should be seeking ways to work with bacteria, to unlock their hidden gifts in a way that sustains and nurtures our gardens and lawns.

As one of over 500 Organic Land Care Professionals accredited by the NOFA Organic Land Care Program, we here at Heidelberg Farms takes great pride in working with your soil to help it achieve highest, healthiest potential. 

After a long day in the yard, we wash our hands like everyone else. But that doesn’t mean bacteria should be a dirty word.

All bacteria are not created equal

Just because a lawn care product contains “good” bacteria (or is labeled organic) doesn’t mean it’s good for your lawn or garden. True, blighted plants and grass can be helped by introducing bacteria that “takes over” harmful ones. But you might actually be doing more harm than good.

Oftentimes, issues of blight can be attributed to a lack of microorganism variety. That’s where we come in: By deploying a plethora of plants, beneficial organisms, and 100% organic products, Heidelberg Farms helps encourage your lawn’s inner diversity.

The more robust the soil, the more beautiful your plants will be.

Let’s face it: Bacteria will be here long after we’re gone (though chances are they’re waiting for us on Mars, too). By better understanding how and why bacterial roots work, perhaps we can come to see bacteria less as a threat, and more as man’s tiny—and very talented—best friends.

Have questions about the organic lawncare? Call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919.

Heidelberg Farms serves southern NH, Maine and northern Massachusetts.