Shade Gardening in Fall: Leaves on the Lawn
The wind blew so hard here the other night that I felt like Dorothy whirling towards Oz. All the remaining leaves came down and covered the gardens in a blanket of fall colors. The lawn is especially thick with leaves because it surrounds a huge red oak, which always holds its foliage to the end. In my recent article on fall clean-up, my fourth clean-up priority was grinding the leaves on the lawn with the mower and leaving them in place. I want to elaborate on that in response to readers’ questions.
I subscribe to a blog by TheGardenLady, where I often find practical advice I can apply in my own gardens. According to a video by Scotts Lawn Care posted on TheGardenLady blog, a recent Michigan State University study has shown that grinding up to 18″ of leaves on your lawn and leaving them there is beneficial to your lawn. I have been doing this for years, but now this practice has an official stamp of approval and scientific research behind it. However, I garden completely organically and do not put chemicals on my lawn. The compost produced by the leaves as they break down is enough, no further fertilizer is required.
I hope you will try this new method of fall leaf clean up this weekend when you are dealing with the results of our storm.