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Use a Mulching Mower as Part of Your Fall Lawn Care

by Jeffrey Anderson, All About Lawns Columnist

Everyone likes the look of colorful leaves in the autumn, but when they fall in your yard they may lose some of their appeal. If you have large trees in your yard, raking leaves can be a lot of work regardless of whether you plan to bag or burn them or even use them as compost. There's a way you may never have to rake another leaf, and ridding your yard of them could be as easy as using your mower one last time before putting it away for the season.

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Add a Step for Fall Lawn Care: Mower Mulch Your Leaves Away

Imagine an autumn where you don't have to worry about what to do with all the fallen leaves in your yard. Purdue, Michigan State, and Virginia Tech Universities have done studies showing that leaves mulched into small pieces and left in your lawn cause no damage to your grass and may even help it. Purdue University conducted their study over a 6-year period and inspected the lawn each spring for possible problems caused by the leaves, and the grass passed with flying colors each year.

All you need is a riding or push mower with a rotary deck, but blades set up for mulching grass work best. Just mow your lawn with the fallen leaves and for good results:

  • Mow over evenly distributed leaves; don't try to mow through piles
  • Make dime-size leaf pieces your goal
  • Don't try to mow wet leaves, they can clog the mower
  • Make sure you're only mowing leaves; all branches and other debris should be picked up before starting

You may enjoy autumn's leaf colors a little more with the knowledge that raking them is no longer a part of your fall lawn care.


About the Author
Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.

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