Mulching Leaves Into The Lawn - Fall 2020
By the time the middle of November comes around, I've been doing leaf clean-up in our yard for at least four weeks. We get early drops (Walnut), constant drops (Catalpa, Maple, Kentucky Coffee Tree) and late drops (Oaks) and it lasts more than a month. If I waited until they all came down, it would be a huge mess. Not that it isn't a good idea. It just isn't how I address the situation. When I started this year, I spent time using the mower and bagged up all the leaves as they dropped - by mowing about once per week. I filled our compost bins pretty quickly.
But, with our bins filled, what do I do with leaves still on the grass? I decided to try something new this year: I just mulched them in the lawn. You can see it below - this is mostly a lot of oak leaves (which are hard to break down) that have been mulched up and left behind.
I don't love this look, but I wanted to try it. Here - below - is a close-up look of the mulched in leaves.
And here's a wider-view of the same area. It is messy looking. But, after we get a rain? I'm thinking it will melt right in.
I'm thinking that I'll take the mower with the bag attachment on to the backyard where I mulched in to pick up some of the larger pieces - but will still leave a lot behind.
This is the first time that I deliberately decided to mulch in directly - but pending the results, it might be something that I use again - either in part (like this year) or repeatedly.