Mulching Leaves On The Lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Thornhill, ON
Question by allaster_mac
October 27, 2001
Is it beneficial or harmful to mulch leaves on a lawn with a mower and leave the mulched leaves on the lawn?

Answer from NGA
October 27, 2001


The answer would depend on how thick the layer of leaves is. If there is just a sprinkling of chopped leaf bits, in my experience, it does not harm the lawn to leave them in place. However, if the layer is at all thick and/or if it mats down, then it can cause problems. If there are a lot of leaves, it is usually better to use the mulching mower (or a rake or blower) to collect them and then use the leaves for composting or as a soil amendment in the vegetable garden or in some other constructive way.

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