Mulching Leaves Is Good for Your Lawn
Don't rake/burn or bag/throwout your fall leaves this year. Mulch them into your turf grass.
Each Fall I get out the leaf blower and corral my leaves into certain areas of my lawn. I have some spots that in the past seem to dryout faster in the the heat of summer. I pile up the leaves and mulch mow them until they are pulverized. I even get leaves from the neighbors to supplement my leaves.
The extra organic material in these problem areas has helped keep my grass greener and less prone to dormancy as I do not irrigate my lawn.
Purdue U studied the effect of mulching leaves into lawns and found...
1. Leaves have no effect on turf visual quality or color
2. Leaves have no effect on turf growth measure by clipping weights
3. Leaves have no effect on mat or thatch depth
4. Leaves have no effect on soil pH or nutrient availability
5. Leaves have no effect on incidence of red thread, pink patch or dollar spot
6. Leaves have no effect on weed infestation
I'm convinced this is the "green" way to go on fall leaves. Instead of being an aggravating nuisance they are an asset.