It's Thanksgiving week! For most of us; an extended weekend. A time to spend with family and friends. Time to dig out the Christmas decorations and decorate the house for the holiday season. Oh... and if you procrastinated like me last weekend, and went fishing instead, you now have to spend part of your weekend RAKING THE LEAVES. Or... do we???
For those of us who have to spend time on the leaves this holiday weekend, I have a secret. A revelation that will cut two-thirds off the amount of time you have to spend in the yard. Just think what you can do with that much time! Go fish.. (eh.. umm....) spend more time with the kids, go shopping (Bass Pro, here I come), really deck the halls and schmooze the wife (or husband), or just lay back in the Lazy Boy and fall asleep watching your favorite sports or programs.
"OK", you say. "What is this time saver you propose? Some kind of super, duper, vacuum scooper?" No, my friend. My secret will not take an extra nickel out of your pocket. My secret is simple, easy and ages old. If you own a lawn mower with a mulching blade, you have what you need. Just remove the bag, (most models have a bag which most of us think needs to be on there for the thing to run right) and insert the mulching plug (Now, where did I put that thing? Oh, there it is in the garage next to that termite mud tube on the wall. Better call MRW Lawns, Inc. in LaPlata, Md. for a free, no obligation termite inspection!)
Mow it high; Let it fly. Your lawn mower has the capability to chop those leaves into tiny pieces, thereby causing them to decompose and breakdown at the mercy of insects and microbes. Recent research clearly indicates the benefits of mulching the leaves of deciduous trees into existing turf.
- Chopped leaves provide a beneficial "top dressing" of nutrients and organic matter which enriches the soil. It will improve the soil by enhancing the structure and nutrient properties of the soil
- Leaving leaves where they have fallen saves money. They don't have to be transported off site.
- When cleaned up out of the street, they can be mulched into the turf instead of being washed down the storm drain, clogging the drain and adding to the nutrient problems of the local watershed
- Test results indicate leaf mulching provides a softer surface for people engaged in sports or physical activity
- Mulching the leaves into the turf requires much less work
Mulching the leaves into the lawn is not without problems. The research also indicates heavy leaves (300lbs to 500lbs per thousand square feet) can result in visible leaf litter. Just clean it up as much as you feel the need to. A few leaves left down will not kill the lawn, and will be incorporated as soon as the lawn begins to grow in the spring.
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits to leaving the leaves down and mulching them into the turf. It is a win, win, win, situation. It is a win for the environment. A win for your lawn, and a win for you.
From all of us here at MRW Lawns, Inc.
We wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving