Is Leaf Litter Good or Bad? I'm Confused . . .
As a new gardener I'm very confused about the whole leaf thing. I have read that fallen, decomposed leaves are great for your soil. Then I read that I should 'rake up leaf litter to prevent diseases'.
Same thing with grass clippings; A friend told me he bags up all his grass clippings when he mows because it looks terrible if it remains on the lawn. Then I read somewhere else that it's good for the lawn to leave the clippings on there after mowing.
And then there's the mulch. Mulch is good, right? Isn't it good for a variety of reasons including the fact that it eventually decomposes and enriches the soil? If that's true, then why have I heard that I should rake up old mulch in the spring? Shouldn't it stay there until it is totally decomposed?
Can someone enlighten me once and for all?