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Why You Should Rake or Mulch Your Leaves This Fall

by Southern States
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There are so many reasons to love the fall season - from comfortable weather to tasty dishes and fun holidays approaching. Raking leaves is most certainly one reason we may not enjoy this time of year when it's time for chores! Often when we see leaves falling fast and piling up, we dread spending our weekend with rakes and blowers trying to keep our lawns healthy.

So, is raking and bagging those leaves the best option, or would mulching be better for your yard? There are a number of factors to consider before making your decision:

  • How large is your yard and how many leaf-dropping trees are on your property?
  • What is the volume of leaf accumulation you are working with?
  • Do you practice composting and need fallen leaves for your pile?
  • Is your lawn exposed to a great deal of sunlight or shade?
  • How much time do you have available for leaf cleanup?

If you are the type of homeowner who prefers a completely clean yard throughout the year, with no debris, leaves, sticks, etc., we recommend using either a leaf blower or rake for your leaf cleanup needs. You can get your family together for a beautiful fall or early winter day activity – maybe even let the kids toss a few leaves around.

If you don’t see yourself having or making the time to rake and dispose, a great alternative is to gradually mulch your leaves into your lawn as you mow. Regular mulching of fallen leaves can help to improve soil quality and save you the time and expense of raking, leaf-blowing and bagging your leaves. Key things to avoid if you choose to mulch your leaves include allowing thick layers of leaves to stay on your lawn for an extended amount of time and mowing through a pile that is too large for your lawn mower to handle appropriately.

What method of removing or mulching leaves have you found to be most beneficial? Share your tips and questions below! Need help with related lawn care projects? Contact your local store.
Categories: Lawn Care, Fall, How-To

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