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Old 01-25-2010, 01:05 PM
 
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I'm wondering if anyone knows first hand.....whether it's better to rake the leaves in the fall or let it sit there and become food for the soil?

how does that affect the grass next year?
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Old 01-25-2010, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Great Plains
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If the leaves are so heavy when they get wet it will kills the grass. I take and run over the leaves with a mulching blade on the mower. If the leaves are ground up they breakdown into compost faster. The other thing I do once I mulch the leaves, is bag them and take them to my compost pile. I do this on mine and my clients turf.

They are more useful in a pile and applied as a mulch later on. A bit of leaf litter is healthy to much will kill the grass.
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Old 01-25-2010, 01:27 PM
 
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thanks.
i have a 1/4 acre of land and two big trees (and several small to medium size). i did the raking myself this year and burned so much of it in my pit.....but still had 10 large garbage bags worth of leaves. lol

how much would someone charge me to do this (next year)? approximation is fine.
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Old 01-25-2010, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Rivendell
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If you have a lawn, leaves covering it will rot it. Start a compost heap with your leaves.

It really depends on your landscape. I think generally speaking, the leaves belong to the tree, and the tree wants them back. The decomposition of the leaves is part of the life cycle of the tree, returning nutrients to the soil and it is free mulch.

I live in a national forest, with lots of native trees on my land. I have really battled with my Dad to leave the leaves on the ground, and that naked soil is a bad thing. He is allowed to keep the leaves off the driveway and decks, and to dump the leaves he sweeps up back under the trees.

There are exceptions to this, of course. Many fruit trees and ornamental flowering trees suffer from diseases that are propagated by the litter beneath the tree, and those trees do best when their debris is removed.

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Old 01-25-2010, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Hartwell--IN THE City of Cincinnati
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I cut my leaves on my lawn with my mulching mower, and I leave the leaves on my flower garden/planting beds.
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Old 01-25-2010, 01:40 PM
 
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i left a layer of leaves on the area of my garden that had poor soil this summer--hope it helps????
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Old 01-25-2010, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Great Plains
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The leaves in a garden work well being tilled into the soil.

Not sure what the rate will be for your area.
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Old 01-26-2010, 03:14 PM
 
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Leaving a thick layer of leaves can damage your lawn, as it ultimately prevents sunlight from getting through.

- Steve
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:16 PM
 
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I've got a large "lot", too. I leave leaves so the ladybugs have a place to live for the winter.

Early spring, I will mow and any remaining leaves will become mulch.
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:39 PM
 
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It is easier to start the mulching breakdown if the leaves are dry. Leaves seem to hold the ice quite well.
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