Raking leaves into big piles along the street for the county to pick up is in high gear this time of year. But an alternative to consider is mowing your leaves into a healthy mulch for your yard, and it’s a lot less work.
An excellent blog post on this topic was originally published by the Little Falls Watershed Alliance in 2011, which includes details about the benefits of mowing your leaves from Scotts Fertilizer company. Here’s what they recommend on their website:
Take the grass catcher off your mower and mow over the leaves on your lawn. You want to reduce your leaf clutter to dime-size pieces. You’ll know you’re done when about half an inch of grass can be seen through the mulched leaf layer. Once the leaf bits settle in, microbes and worms get to work recycling them. Any kind of rotary-action mower will do the job, and any kind of leaves can be chopped up.
So while there’s a few weeks left for all the leaves to come off the trees, give the mow, don’t rake approach a try. It’s an easy way to treat your lawn and reduce the runoff into the gutters.