Should I rake my leaves or leave them?
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Similarly, is it OK to leave leaves on the lawn over winter?
It Is a Matter of Lawn Health, not Just Tidiness The lawn will be smothered in a thick layer of unshredded leaves if left on top of them over the winter. That, if the leaves are matted down, they can even keep new grass blades from emerging next spring.
One may also ask, should you clean leaves from lawn? So yes, it's important to rake the leaves off your lawn. But you don't need to remove them altogether. Just relocate dead leaves to a garden space where they enhance the natural plant cycle while saving you time and money.
Similarly, it is asked, what happens if you don't rake your leaves?
Only a thick mat of leaves that remains on your lawn for weeks is likely to harm the grass. Leaves begin to break down after they fall, and gusts of wind often move them around. If the leaves aren't removed, the grass can die, and in the spring the lawn may have bare patches that require reseeding or resodding.
When should you rake leaves?
Aim for raking leaves before the first frost or snow of the winter season. You can rake whenever leaves have fallen on the ground, but waiting until later in autumn, when most leaves are off trees, is the best time to make your raking chore one and done. The drier the leaves the easier it will be to rake them up.