Kollegiate Lawn Care

Don't rake them -MULCH them....

Tis the season to be raking leaves.... or is it?


If you are wondering what to do with the piles of leaves covering your lawn in the fall, mulching them and returning them to the lawn offers many benefits.

Yes, mulching is 100 percent beneficial for the lawn. 


In a recent study mulched sugar maple leaves even appeared to inhibit broadleaf weeds such as dandelions.


When leaves or grass clippings are cut multiple times the finely chopped material eventually gets pushed down onto the lawn surface. There the mulched leaves are decomposed by earthworms and microorganisms and turned into plant-usable organic matter.


Do not mulch to the point where the leaves cover and smother the grass. The grass blades should be vertical and visible through the layer of mulched leaves.


Mulched leaves are an amendment to the soil, not a replacement for fertilizer.  Fertility still needs to be maintained with fertilizer applications.


In the spring all the mulched leaves will have disapeared and will have added much needed nutrition to your soil and grass.

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