trees - Knowledgebase Question

redmond, Wa
Question by utopia2b
October 25, 2009
Hello,

My maples are dropping their leafs big time ! Do I leave them in my plant beds for mulch...or rake them up ?

Thanks, Janis


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Answer from NGA
October 25, 2009

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Maple trees are deciduous, meaning they naturally drop their leaves this time of year. The branches will be bare all winter long, but new leaves will sprout in the spring. We recommend you rake the leaves to get them off the lawn and out of the flower beds. While they make a good mulch material, if they are too thick they can suffocate the lawn and your flowers. It's best to rake them up and either compost them or shred them. Once they have begun to decompose and lose some of their volume you can safely spread them around your plants in your flower and shrub beds. Hope this clarifies things for you.

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