Raking Leaves in the Fall

The end of the gardening season is always a sad time. Sure there are few more breathtaking places on earth than New York in the autumn, I just don’t like telling farewell to all my plants and exchanging this rich, green world for one that’s cold and white. But there are also tons of great things about autumn. The weather is getting colder by the day. After we’ve had our first hard frost, the busy pace of the harvest period is officially over. It’s time to reap the season’s most plentiful crop, the leaves.

Late fall is also an important time for lawn care. As wonderful as fall is, eliminating the fallen leaves from your lawn in the late fall is not usually regarded as a fun task. It’s time intensive and a bit boring. It is necessary, however, for a beautiful lawn.

Leaf elimination is essential for aesthetic as well as agronomic arguments. Even though turf grass growth slows down as the temperature drops, photosynthesis carries on. The energy from this procedure is saved to be used the next spring. With leaves sitting on your lawn, however, this procedure is constrained. In essence, the leaves act as shade, preventing light that would be used in the photosynthesis procedure. Appropriately timed leaf removal will enable your lawn to breathe and to be properly nourished.

Regardless of how you do it, you should clean out leaves at least two times each fall. However, experts say you should remove leaves every 6-10 days. And start leaf removal after 30 percent of the leaves have fallen.


Leaves should be removed or mulched on a regular basis throughout fall to avoid lawn problems. Even though leaving the leaves to sit on the lawn until all the leaves have been fallen from the trees may seem like a good way to handle with the problem, it certainly is not. The longer leaves lay around and the thicker they become, the higher the damage that may possibly occur to your grass. Routine raking and mowing/mulching are the best approaches to guarantee a healthy garden come spring.

Keep in mind that leaves can also be of use in a compost pile!