I have lots of leaves on my turf. Most of the morning I used a combination of a bagging lawnmower and a leaf blower to get my turf uncovered. Predominantly, I have three types of large deciduous trees in my yard. My red maple, willow oak, and Chinese pastiche leaves are all falling in abundance now. I personally like to use my bagging mower to get them up, if I can. Why, because it gets up more than the leaves, and it also reduces the leaf volume. The real issue with this method is if the leaves get too thick, emptying the bag is a chore that happens too frequently. That was the case under my red maple today, so I blew most of the leaves off into a pile and the mowed the area. Of course, raking is a necessary chore in some areas, and I like a metal leaf rake over the big plastic ones as they are more flexible. Some leaves make excellent compost or good additions tilled into the vegetable garden. As a general rule, maple leaves are excellent for composting in a short amount of time, while oaks take much longer. Fragrant leaves like Chinese pastiche I do not like to compost, even thought they break down quickly. If you want quick compost and have the space, once you bag maple leaves, add water to the bag. Then leave the bag sealed over winter. They will be in a state of decomposition, so they can be easily added to your garden in Spring. While leaves are simply a must to remove off turf, what ever choice you use, make sure the leaves are used for compost. In our community, leaves are vacuumed up along the street and go into a big organic trash pile and eventually turn into compost. This is a good thing. After all, decomposed leaves make excellent organic soil conditioners.
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