It All Depends…
There is no ONE right way to deal with your leaves, and methods vary by site, volume of leaves, and garden features. Landscapers have access to specialized equipment that is even more efficient and are detailed in our For Professional Landscapers page. Here we explain some commonly recommended methods for homeowners. Please note, ecological best practices encourage keeping leaves whole and in place wherever possible: that would be under trees and around shrubs and in perennial beds. This provides valuable overwintering habitat for butterflies and other insects, which in turn may be a valuable source of food for foraging birds in the winter. However, on lawns, leaves to be managed as described below.
Is your lawn too big for a rake? Then, the easiest way to get rid of the leaves is to mow them into your lawn. You can do this with a regular mower, especially if the leaves are dry, but a mulch-mower works better. Almost all mowers sold today can be used as mulch mowers. Watch this video to see a small household mower mulching leaves. And there are plenty more leaf mulching videos on YouTube. Everyone’s doing it!
If you mow weekly, one pass will probably be fine. At the peak of leaf fall, you may need to mow twice a week or be prepared to do repeat passes. The chopped up leaves fall between the grass blades, decompose and nourish the soil. Less or no need for lawn fertilizer. Landscapers and more serious gardeners switch the blades on their lawnmowers to special mulching blades (available online – called Gators – see the image below). These shred the leaves VERY effectively. Switching a lawnmower blade is really easy and the mulching gator blades usually cost less than 20 depending on your mower type.
Most mowers designed for homeowners have mulching blades, which mulch the grass but are also effective for leaf mulching. Make sure they are regularly sharpened and replace them when necessary. Additional blades, specially designed for leaf mulching, are available for most brands.
Electric lawn mowers, which are far less polluting than gas-powered mowers, are just as effective at leaf mulching as gasoline operated mowers. Maintaining the lawn with an electric mower is a no-brainer; they are lighter, require no oil or gas, and have a simple push start. And they’re so quiet you can listen to music while mowing!
Choosing the right blades
Gator blades, which have teeth rather than a straight blade, are worth considering for fall clean up if you have lots of leaves. They’re more efficient than regular mulching blades and will also cut your grass perfectly well. Changing the blade on a mower is very simple and can be done on small homeowner mowers as well as professional-grade mowers.
Here’s an important tip from Tim Downey of Aesthetic Landscaping: When purchasing a leaf mulching blade, make sure you get the right kind. The red blade is NOT what you want. The direction of the teeth is important. On the red one, the blades “yield” and bend away from the direction of contact. The lower two blades “lean” into the direction of contact.
Note, too, the red blade has blunt square teeth, whereas the lower two blades have sharp pointed teeth.
Leaves on Hard Surfaces and in Perennial Beds
You can mow leaves on hardscapes, like driveways and patios, and then move the mulched leaves back onto garden beds, around shrubs, or the lawn. Or just blow or (preferably) rake the leaves onto the lawn and mow them right in.
Wondering about the leaves on your perennial beds?
Some tender perennials and wildflowers do not favor a thick layer of mulch. Carefully rake excessive leaves from between those plants, pile them in rows and then mow the rows. The volume is reduced by x10 and the remaining mulch can be placed on the beds with sturdier perennials and woodlands plants where they will break down forming a protective winter layer and then gradually turn into compost, enriching the soil.
Note that blowing leaves out of flower beds, around shrubs and tree roots is very destructive to topsoil.
There is no need to remove leaves from ground covers like pachysandra. Instead, rustle the plants with a rake so that the leaves fall under the plants. Much easier and quicker than removing the leaves. They’ll be decomposed and turned into nutrients by next summer.
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Grass mulch can help keep your lawn healthy and looking its best. It’s easy to do with our many lawn mower and mower deck offerings. Check out the tractor mower compatibility.
This is grass mulch.
The easy way to feed your lawn. To make grass mulch, grass is cut into easily absorbed grass clippings to help keep your lawn healthy and lush.
Mulch with the push of a button.
The John Deere MulchControl Kit with One-Touch Technology is the easy way to mulch. With the push of a button you can mulch when you want to.
Push the button and mulch. The chute closes and you have a dedicated mulching system. Perfect for regular, weekly, or bi-weekly mowing.
Side-discharge mow or bag mode.
Push the button again, or pull the lever, with your MulchControl System, the chute opens and you can side-discharge mow or bag. The choice is yours.
Eight things you need to know about mulch mowing.
Fertilizing your lawn just got easier. Just let your grass clippings do the job for you. Grass clipping mulch is the natural way to feed your lawn essential nutrients. Here are eight things you need to know:
Mulch mowing allows clippings to be cut finely enough so that they can’t be seen when redistributed into the lawn.
Make sure your blades are sharp. Sharp blades help ensure a precise, quality cut.
Mulching returns nitrogen-rich nutrients to your lawn. This feeds your lawn and can reduce the amount of fertilizer you need.
Follow the “one-third” rule when mulch mowing, taking no more off than the top third of the grass blade. Fast-growing conditions will warrant more frequent mowing.
Mulching works better when the grass is dry.
The MulchControl System from John Deere is the easy way to mulch while you mow.
If tall or wet grass conditions result in unsightly clumps, your MulchControl System should be used in side-discharge mode.
If conditions warrant using your MulchControl System in side-discharge mode, clippings are likely to be visible for a few days as they decay.
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The science behind mulching.
Who loves lugging a heavy bag of lawn clippings to the compost pile or yard waste bin, or endlessly raking leaves in the fall? Pretty much nobody, that’s who. Fortunately, for the sake of aching backs and nutrient-hungry lawns, it’s best to forgo the bag and opt to mulch lawn clippings and leaves instead.
Each little bit of plant material is full of nutrients, and being organic matter, when left in place, can improve the overall health of the soil which in turn, better supports the turf and potentially decreases inputs.
“In the lawncare industry, we’re realizing that rather than feed the lawn synthetically with fertilizers, we can choose to do it more organically by mulching grass clippings and leaving them on the lawn to sift in,” says Richard Hentschel, University of Illinois horticultural extension educator. “Leaving clippings on the lawn provides the equivalent of 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn. That’s nitrogen you didn’t have to buy and apply.” Removing the clippings means also removing those nutrients from the system.
Besides nutrients, clippings return carbon to the soil, which helps build soil organic matter by feeding the microflora that decomposes that organic matter. Soil organic matter (SOM) is measured as a percentage of organic matter in the soil and is the primary indicator of soil health, and therefore the health of the lawn growing in the soil. The higher the percentage of SOM, the more nutrients and water the soil can retain.
“Every 1 percent of SOM holds 1/3 gallon of water per cubic foot of soil,” Hentschel explains. “So, a soil with a fairly good measurement of 3 percent SOM can hold as much as 1 gallon of water per cubic foot.” The ability to hold more water means more of the water applied to the soil through irrigation or falling on the lawn as rain will stay put and turf will be more resistant to swings in temperature and drought conditions.
“SOM also is Mother Nature’s slow release fertilizer. It’s not just the usual nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium either, it’s all 16 of the nutrients essential for plant growth,” Hentschel says. Constantly removing lawn clippings and other organic matter results in decreasing levels of SOM, and lawns will become increasingly dependent on the application of synthetic fertilizers.
While lawns benefit from clippings, they don’t want to be smothered by them. Using best mowing practices can leave grass room to breathe and looking as clean as it would with bagging. The key is to mow with sharp blades and frequently enough that no more than 1/3 of the plant tissue is removed per cutting. This will result in less plant material for the lawn to reincorporate per pass.
“If you mow often with a sharp mower blade, even a conventional mower — as opposed to a mower designed specifically for mulching — will cut the grass up fine enough for it to sift back into the standing grass and break up quickly releasing nutrients to the soil and growing grass as it decomposes,” Hentschel says.
It may be a relatively simple task to stay ahead of grass to get a nice fine mulch that disappears quickly into the lawn, but what about leaves in the fall? Hentschel says to go ahead and mulch them, too. Leaves should be mowed frequently as they fall. To ensure finely parsed leaves that will move into the thatch layer more quickly, it may be necessary to make two or more passes with the lawnmower per mowing. When more leaves fall, simply keep making passes to chop up the material and help speed the composting process.
Hentschel says the leaf residue will work its way into the soil taking valuable nutrients with them and creating a barrier that can help control weeds. With multiple years of mulching leaves, which returns more nutrients to the soil through the extra organic matter, lawns may not need as much fertilizer in the spring. And because the leaf residue covers up bare spots where weeds can gain a foothold, it’s possible over time to see fewer dandelions and crabgrass issues after multiple years of mulching.
No raking, no lugging, less fertilizer, more efficient water use, and fewer weeds—for once, the easy choice is also the best choice. Go ahead and leave the mower bag in the shed if you’re so inclined, and leave the organic matter right where it belongs, on the lawn.
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