It’s fall and there is a new, seasonal chore: raking.
Raking up leaves is something that most people with yards do, collecting the leaves into bags to be carted off to be turned into mulch somewhere else. Maybe you create some leaf piles for the whole family to jump around in, but at the end of the day, the yard is bare of fallen leaves. But why put yourself through all of that?
It turns out that removing every single fallen leaf from your lawn might not be such a great idea after all. Fallen leaves actually have a purpose right on the ground, and in your yard.
This year, as the last of the leaves start to fall, consider leaving your rake in the garage and letting the leaves benefit your garden. It’s less work for you, and a healthy habit for your garden’s little ecosystem.
Before you throw out your rake, though, there are some areas that still need clean-up. Walkways and driveways should be kept clear, as leaves can be slippery. Move them to avoid slipping.
Other than that? Give yourself a break this fall, and if anyone asks, tell them any of these reasons.
Reason #2: Leaves Protect Grass From The Cold
Plants can freeze just like we can, and just like us, the cold damages and even kills their cells. If you want a healthy lawn in the spring, keep the leaves on it in the fall.Come winter, they’ll form a protective layer, like a blanket, between the grass and the snow. A thin layer of leaves (rather than a dense pile) won’t suffocate the grass.
Reason #3: Leaves Keep Weeds Away
Reason #4: Leaves Protect Bulbs
During the winter, bulbs hibernate in the soil, gathering and storing strength to bloom again the next year. But if they get too cold, they can die.Protect your bulbs this winter with a layer of leaves for added insulation.
Reason #5: Leaves Provide Housing
Reason #6: Leaves Serve As Both Mulch And Fertilizer
Reason #7: Leaves Are Great For Compost
Reason #8: It’s Pretty!
The beauty of fall is that the world turns vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow. So why brush it all away? Your lawn will be green and pretty again in the spring, so for now, appreciate the change in scenery.Plus, leaves are fun to scuff through. Scuffle along and then appreciate them with a mug of your favorite autumn tea.
If you know anyone who dreads raking, SHARE these reasons not to with them!