Each 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.
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.
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.
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.