The days of raking and bagging leaves should be over for almost everyone. Studies have shown that homeowners have successfully mulched more than 6 inches of leaves back into their lawn. Mulching leaves will chop them into very small pieces; often into dust. From a distance or after substantial rain, you’ll never know your leaves were mulched. Mulched leaves, like grass clippings, are high in nutrients and organic matter and are good to return to the soil. There are a few keys to making mulching work;
First, make sure your lawn mower blade is sharp. Without a sharp blade, mulching leaves will be a difficult process.
Second, If you have a thick layer of leaves, move your mowing height up to keep your mower from working too hard.
Third, try to mulch your leaves when they are dry. Wet leaves tend to turn into a paste rather than dust.
Following these tips will save you hours of work this fall.
Click here to read what Rebecca Finneran from MSU has to say about mulching leaves.