What to do With Dead Leaves

Dead leaves are unavoidable for most property owners. If not taken care of, dead leaves create a moist and humid environment where fungi, bacteria, and pests thrive. These factors can impair the health of one's lawn, causing the lawn to suffer from blight or discoloration. For this reason, it's important to compost dead leaves once they begin to accumulate in your yard.

What to do With Dead Leaves

Lawn care maintenance can be time-consuming, especially for those with large lawns. Fortunately, mulching dead leaves is a simple process that doesn't require a lot of time or physical exertion. Mulch is beneficial because it provides one's lawn with valuable nutrients, reduces the risk of erosion and weed growth, and promotes seed growth.

With the help of a mulching mower, you can chop up dead leaves and leave them on the ground. To ensure that the leaves are finely chopped, go over your lawn twice with a mower. This will help them break down more easily into natural fertilizer. If your entire yard is not in need of mulching, you can chop up dead leaves and leave them in their own pile to decompose, creating excellent landscape mulch.

Leaves will break down faster if you chop them up. However, if you're concerned about harming the environment, you can choose to compost them as a whole instead. If you decide to use a rake rather than a mower, allow yourself some additional time. To successfully compost dead leaves, alternate layers of leaves with layers of grass clippings or kitchen scraps.

In addition to mulching or composting leaves, you can also bag dead leaves, using them as insulation for vegetable beds or worm farms. With this approach, some of the dead leaves will decompose, letting off heat. Similar to straw bales, spread the leaf bags around either the garden beds or worm farms. Whether you decide to mulch or rake them, dead leaves can improve the quality of your lawn.

What Not to do With Dead Leaves

While there are several options to choose from when it comes to dealing with dead leaves, it's important to note that sweeping them into storm drains is not one of these options. Blowing leaves out into the street or into storm drains can cause the drains to become clogged. Over time, clogged drains may lead to flooding in your neighborhood as well as further down the sewage line. This can cause long-term damage to one's lawn and a house's foundation.

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