Autumn leaves with their vibrant hues against a rich blue sky can be beautiful, but they can be a homeowner's ugly nightmare when they pile up on the lawn. Considering the pros and cons of bagging and mulching can help homeowners decide how best to deal with falling autumn leaves while still taking the best care of their lawn.
Raking leaves is never a favorite fall chore, and bagging them can be a back-breaking endeavor. There are pros and cons to raking and bagging leaves, however, and this chore can be worthwhile.
Running a mulching lawn mower over fallen leaves is a fast, easy way to shred leaves and encourage their decomposition, but easier isn't always better.
Which is Best?
Whether leaves are raked or mulched is a matter of personal preference, and many homeowners choose a combination of the two techniques – mulching leaves earlier in autumn to feed the grass, but resorting to raking later in the season when more leaves have fallen or autumn rains make mulching impossible. Whichever you choose, the leaves can be added to compost piles or layered in the garden or around new fall plantings to protect delicate roots, making the most of this chore and improving soil quality all around.