Annoying Leaves: Should You Rake Them or Leave Them Be?

If you like to have a well-manicured lawn, your first instinct is to remove every weed and leaf as though they were stray hairs you had to pluck, but is it actually healthy to rake all of your leaves? You might be surprised to learn that leaving some of those leaves on the ground could be beneficial for your lawn. Here’s what you need to know.

The argument for raking leaves

If you rake all of your leaves, it does more than just make your lawn look neat and tidy. Raking leaves also removes their blanket from your grass. Even though it is fall, your sod still needs adequate water and sun. Getting the leaves off of your lawn opens it up to receive the sun and nutrients it needs to survive the winter.

Leave about 20 percent of your leaves on the ground.

Even though there are excellent arguments for raking your leaves, there are also some reasons to leave them on the ground. Some leaves, twigs, etc., are good for your lawn. They break down naturally and nourish the grass, making it lusher and greener when spring returns.

If you aren’t sure about how you should care for your newly laid sod, contact us today for guidance.