Question of the week:
Q: With the leaves falling, is it a good idea to let the leaves stay on the ground to decompose for mulch?
A: There are a few factors to consider before raking up the leaves. Where the leaves healthy? Was there any powdery mildew, spider mites or other pests?
If so it’s a good idea to remove the leaves. A pile of leaves can provide fungus and pests an insulated home for eggs and spores to survive the winter.
If your leaves were healthy and you don’t mind the look, leaves can decompose and provide nutrients and organic matter back to your soil. Just do not allow un-mulched leaves to sit on your lawn over the winter or there will be a lot of bare spots to repair come spring!