Let’s put this debate to rest, once and for all. What should you do with your leaves? Raking seems like the obvious choice since that’s what most people do and what we’re used to, but in most cases, mulching is actually the healthier option for your lawn.
You do want to make sure you choose one of those options, though, because letting full leaves sit on your lawn blocks sunlight and air from getting to your grass. And the problem compounds once rain or snow hits, possibly causing turf diseases and in bad cases, killing your grass.
Raking the yard won’t do any harm, but it certainly won’t do any good either. If you really dislike the look of leaves hanging around, go ahead and rake them. But, if you want to take advantage of free fertilizer, mulching is the way to go. As the leaves break down, they’ll fertilize the soil as well as suppress those pesky weeds you’d rather not deal with, anyway.
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