Lawns need sunlight to survive. A layer of leaves left on the lawn for more than a week kills grass and causes bare spots. In fall, make leaf removal a weekly activity.
Keep Lawns Healthy During Leaf Season:
- If the layer of leaves is thin, shred with a mulching mower. Bits of leaves filter through the grass and decompose at soil level. If the lawn is still growing, combine mowing and leaf shredding as one weekly activity.
- If leaves are thick, either do a second pass or put a bagging attachment on the mower. When bag is full, dump the shredded leaves in a compost pile or use as mulch in a garden bed.
- Or use a leaf blower or rake to move leaves to a natural area to decompose or into a pile to be bagged up later.
- If you’re not composting, scoop into leaf bags and discard.
Check with your local municipality to see if curbside pick-up and leaf composting is offered. You may be able to buy the finished compost when it’s time to start a new bed.