Save Time Raking: Help Your Lawn by Mulching Leaves
It's great to have big shade trees in your yard. But, come fall, you can start to resent
them. Those big trees drop leaves, and that means extra work, hassle, and lost time. However,
there's good news. A recent study done at Michigan State University shows that you can forget
about raking, blowing, and bagging leaves. Instead, just mulch them with your lawn mower and
feed your lawn with
Scotts® Turf Builder® WinterGuard®. It'll save you work, improve your soil, and add
nutrients. Here's how to do it.
Chop those Leaves with your Mower
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. With several passes of your mower, you can mulch up to 18 inches
of leaf clutter.
Feed your Lawn to Speed Up the Process
Microbes do a better job recycling carbon from leaves when they have nitrogen.
Scotts® Turf Builder® WinterGuard® can help break down your mulched leaves faster. So your
grass will grow better, and your microbes will work harder, when you feed your lawn after mulching those leaves.
See Great Results in the Spring
When spring arrives, you'll notice something. The leaf litter you mulched up in the fall
will have disappeared. Your rake will look dusty and neglected. And your grass will look
greener than ever.
Mulching: a Better Use of Resources
When you rake your leaves, it costs you. Your local taxes pay for trucks to sweep up your
leaves or pick up your leaf bags, which often end up in landfills. If you burn leaves, you're
just sending up clouds of carbon into the atmosphere. Mulching leaves simply recycles a natural
resource, giving you richer soil for free.