should we remove leaves

Should we leave leaves?

A question we are often asked by customers is “should we remove leaves in the autumn or leave them to mulch down into the soil beneath?”

The truth is, a thick layer of leaves will smother the lawn, starving it of light and air; two things it needs to thrive. Without light and air, the grass plant becomes weaker. As well as smothering the lawn, leaf cover also provides the perfect condition for the development of damp-related lawn diseases such as fusarium and snow mould. Leaf cover also helps moss to form, which will require further work in the New Year.

Our advice? If you want the lawn to survive this winter, keep the lawn free of leaves. As autumn turns to winter, make the most of these dry days by raking the leaves from your lawn surface.

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