Every year when fall rolls around, and the leaves begin to cover our lawn, we start the dreaded task of raking up and bagging all the fallen leaves. However, what if I told you there was a way to save yourself time and energy, and the stress put on your back from the dreaded fall clean up? Fortunately, there is a way not only to save you time, but that is 100% beneficial for your lawn. This November instead of bagging up those leaves use them to mulch your grass! Fallen leaves offer a variety of benefits for your lawn that will especially come in handy when helping to have a beautiful lawn next summer. Read on to learn what benefits fallen leaves have for your lawn and how to turn them into mulch.
Benefits of Mulching Leaves
Mulching fallen leaves provide so many benefits to your lawn and saves you from potential backaches caused from raking up leaves. Mulched leaves benefit your turf through earthworms and microorganisms breaking down the leaves into organic matter. One of the most significant benefits this provides is that it minimizes the occurrence of dandelions and crabgrass that like to rear their ugly heads in the spring. It also helps to keep your soil warmer in the winter and saves the leaves from going into the landfill.
How to Mulch Fallen Leaves
Turning your leaves into mulch is easier than it sounds and will save you so much time in the long run. It’s best to use a mulching mower because its unique blades can chop the leaves into finer pieces and helps to push the chopped leaves to the soil surface, though a lawn mower without a bag attachment will work just as well. Simply, mow over the leaves in stripes to ensure you don’t miss any spots. Keep an eye on how much leaves you’ve mulched on your lawn because you want to make sure that you don’t smother your grass. The best rule of thumb to avoid choking your grass is to ensure that your grass blades are still visible through the mulch. If you have an abundance of leaves, spread them throughout your garden and flower beds or in your compost if you have one.
Mulching your lawn with fallen leaves is 100% beneficial for your turf and will have you enjoying a weed-free, green lawn next spring. It is just one more step in defending your turf against the harsh Canadian winter. Save yourself the trouble of fall lawn maintenance by giving us a call today at 1.888.791.8873 and prepare your grass for next season. Visit our FAQ page to learn more about our services and what we can do to help you get a healthy green lawn.