Is it important to rake up Oak leaves on my lawn? - Knowledgebase Question

Seminole, Fl
Question by tjsperanza
February 25, 2011
I have a St. Augustine & Bermudagrass lawn. Will the fallen leaves from my Oak tree hurt the lawn or can I just let them disintegrate over time?

North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Answer from tx_flower_child
August 29, 2017


Oak leaves make a wonderful mulch. Unless you have a compost pile to add the leaves to, totally removing the leaves from your property is wasting a free source of organic material. While it's true that a thick layer of leaves can create problems, if you mow the leaves along with your lawn on a weekly basis they will become fine layer of mulch. Although it's not essential, it might be easier if you have a mulching mower.

Answer from NGA
February 25, 2011


A thick layer of leaves, oak or otherwise, will block sunshine and can hold too much moisture, which can kill your lawn. I'd rake them up so the lawn gets good exposure to sunshine and fresh air. Your lawn will be much healthier if you rake the leaves and remove them from the lawn.

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