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What Should I Do With the Leaves on My Lawn?


Many people struggle with the idea of what to do with leaves as they build up on their lawn. During the fall months, it's a struggle just to keep up with raking up debris. So, what do you do when the leaves start to pile up?

The Options

There are multiple options as to what to do with the leaves on your lawn. Everyone practices lawn maintenance differently, which leads to a lot of separate opinions on what to do with the leaves that find their way onto your lawn.

Here are your options:

  • Leave your leaves to decompose
  • Remove all leaves from your lawn
  • Mulch your leaves

Leaving your leaves to decompose on your lawn seems like a great option. This requires no cleanup and allows your lawn to feed on the nutrients of the leaves as they decompose, right?

Not exactly. During the winter, your lawn lies dormant, and the layer of leaves you leave on top of your grass will freeze. When the spring thaw comes, these leaves will still be in stages of decomposition, creating a barrier between your lawn and the sunlight it needs to survive.

Not only does this cause your lawn not to grow, but it also creates a haven for bugs, mold, and mildew, which will damage your lawn irreparably.

To create a healthy lawn that looks great, you want to make sure you aren't leaving the fall leaves where they land.

The next option is to remove the leaves from your lawn. Removing the leaves from your lawn ensures you won't have the issues of leaving the leaves behind. Your grass will get a lot of sunlight in the spring months and start to grow instead of becoming stagnant.

However, you're still taking away the natural nutrients decomposing leaves provide to your lawn.

And that's how we come to the third, and best, option: Mulching. Mulching the leaves that build up on your lawn allows you the best of both worlds. You're both removing the leaves from your yard and providing your lawn with the nutrients decomposing leaves provide.

Professional mulching services gather dried leaves and mulched (or chopped up) into small pieces that decompose faster than full-sized leaves. Once the leaves are mulched, they're spread along your lawn to decompose.

Riverside Lawns offers both professional leave cleaning services as well as professional mulching services to ensure you get the best of both worlds. If you want to make sure your lawn is healthy and leaf-free, call us today to set up an appointment with our mulching experts.


If you think the professionals at Riverside Lawns can help you with your leaf cleaning and mulching project, then please call 501-547-8749 or complete our online request form.