Tuesday, November 16, 2010

To Rake or Not To Rake

Here's a quick followup to yesterday's post about wildlife in the leaves for those of you who want to consider NOT raking up those falling leaves.

Add to the previously mentioned  “Leave those leaves!” post that advocates for not raking,  this post that was sent to me today (which also makes Lorax connections as I did elsewhere).

A recent article in Fine Gardening called “Improve Your Soil by Raking Less“) has good ideas and promotes chopping the leaves with a mulching mower and letting the organic matter and nutrients in the leaves improve turf quality.

Can you handle your neighbor's comments about getting out there to rake those leaves?

Of course, you can just put leaves into gardens as mulch for winter protection and for the nutrients. Also consider building new planting beds with the leaves.

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