Question Submitted: Oct. 25th, 2013
From: JB – North Branch, MN
TO: JAGUSCH LAWN CARE
IT would seem as though everyone has an opinion on the matter but from a professional’s point of view maybe you can help to clear things up for me. What is better: raking my leaves or mulching them into the lawn for a healthy compost?
I’m not much of a believer in mulching. Just bagging your leaves. Typically leaves get to be so thick that mulching them just makes for a mess. If your lawn or neighborhood has young trees then mulching is an option but typically Jagusch Lawn Care does not get calls for leaves in that situation.
Our lawn service teams use our equipment to pick up the fallen leaves and get them completely off the lawn, we bag them and take them away for you. This results in a very clean and impressive landscape. IF you are worried that your lawn may be in need of a little added fertilizers for the fall season it is proven that this is a great time for add some fertilizer but be sure to apply the right stuff. Depending on your type of lawn, it may require different ingredients in a good fall blend of lawn nutrients.
Feel free to contact me directly if you need more information or a review of your lawn to help get ready for the winter.
How you can determine the best approach: Much your leaves or rake up leaves. You can see what is better for you.
Benefits of raking leaves:
- Provides organic brown matter for the compost pile
- Lawn has a much “cleaner” appearance
- A better plan for dense pine tree areas
Raking Leaves Cons:
- Can be more labor-intensive
- More expensive, plastic bags or biodegradable bags and your fuel
- Some area do not provide leaf pickup
- Additional equipment like a truck and or trailer to more leaves if pickup is not available.
Benefits of mulching leaves:
- Considerably less work.
- May act as a natural fertilizer through “composting” increase the quality of your soil
- Less Expensive (no costs for extra fuel, labor or disposal)
- May actually damage grass if leaves pile up too quickly, wet leaves don’t mulch well and can kill some grass
- This requires a mulching mower (special mower deck and blade)
- More frequent lawn mowing
- May not work if you have a lot of pine trees