Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc

Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 11/18/2014

Fall is here and that means the never ending raking of leaves or does it? Did you know that it may be better for your lawn not to rake the leaves? Research shows that mowing leaves into your lawn can actually improve your yard. A recent study done at Michigan State University shows that you don't have spend countless hours raking, blowing, and bagging leaves. Instead, just mulch the leaves into your lawn with your mower.  Mulching leaves will improve your soil by adding nutrients. Here is what to do:

  • Remove the grass catcher from your mower and mow over the leaves on your lawn.
  • Mow until the leaf clutter is reduced to dime-size pieces. You should be able to mulch up to 18 inches of leaf clutter with several passes of your mower.
  • Apply a fall fertilizer to the lawn it will help the leaves breakdown quicker.
In the spring the leaves will have disappeared and your lawn will be greener and thicker than ever.