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Leaving leaves lying around or raking them: Which is better? This is what you should do with the autumn leaves on the lawn and flowerbed!

Every year the same – With autumn comes the great shedding of leaves. Trees, shrubs and perennials lose their leaves within a few weeks. Collecting and removing the fallen autumn leaves can prove to be a tedious task. But is it even necessary or can you save yourself the time and effort after all. We take a closer look at the question of whether you should leave the leaves lying around or rake them after all.

Where in the garden can you leave the leaves and where should you rake them?

Leave leaves on lawn or dispose of them

The question of whether you should leave the leaves lying around or remove them after all is highly controversial. Some argue for it, others – against it. Actually, the answer is very simple: there are areas in the garden where it is better to leave the autumn leaves and those where they should be collected.

Do not leave leaves on the lawn

The lawn is one such area that is very sensitive to autumn leaves. If there are still a few leaves from the nearby shrub, then the grass does not mind. However, if a layer of leaves covers the lawn, then be sure to remove them. The autumn leaves will gradually decompose. In combination with moisture, they can begin to rot as they decompose. This rotting is something you want to avoid at all costs as an amateur gardener. If the delicate blades of grass rot, then reseeding in the spring will not help. You’ll have to remove the satchel and replant. An expensive and time-consuming task that you can save yourself.

Remove leaves from the lawn: remove the autumn leaves as soon as possible. Otherwise, after a few days they will stick to the ground and then can be removed only with special equipment. However, by the time you clear the entire lawn of autumn leaves, the grasses may suffocate or rot. Therefore, the rule of thumb is to act as soon as possible. You can rake dry leaves, but for wet autumn leaves you need special equipment. You can use a leaf collector to quickly clear large plots of autumn leaves.

Pick up autumn leaves on garden paths and driveways for safety reasons.

Leave or rake leaves in garden

Autumn leaves, rain and natural stone pavement are not a good combination. The risk of slipping is too high. What’s more, you can’t see what’s hiding under the autumn leaves and could injure small garden animals. It is therefore best to regularly collect and dispose of the leaves on garden paths.

Remove autumn leaves from garden paths and patios: removing autumn leaves from a natural stone patio is not a difficult task. All you need is a leaf broom and some patience. However, the situation is different if you want to keep a gravel path clean. If leaf debris remains between the gravel stones, it will provide a breeding ground for weeds and wild plants in the spring. A leaf blower can help clear the gravel path of leaves. However, you can only use the device during the specified times, because it makes a really loud noise that can be heard far over your own property. So, so that you do not have trouble with the neighbors, it is best to arrange with them a suitable time and only then turn on the device.

Leaving leaves on beds and using them as fertilizer

Leave autumn leaves in the bed recommended

Unlike the lawn, where it is recommended to collect the autumn leaves, you can leave the autumn leaves on the flower and vegetable beds and thus use them as a natural fertilizer. The most important thing is that the layer of leaves is not too thick. So if the flower bed is directly under a deciduous tree, you might want to pick up at least some of the fall leaves after all. However, leave a layer of leaves as thick as a finger. This provides the following benefits:

  • Autumn leaves protect plant roots from frost.
  • They prevent the rapid evaporation of water in winter.
  • They decompose slowly and therefore act as a natural slow-release fertilizer, gradually adding nutrients to the soil.
  • Autumn leaves provide shelter for many beneficial insects in the garden. Such are, for example, the earthworms that loosen the soil.

Rake leaves: How to remove the autumn leaves quickly and easily.

Collect autumn leaves or blow them away


1.Remove the autumn leaves with a rake. Admittedly: No one is happy when it comes time to rake leaves again. But with the right garden tools and equipment, the task can be done faster than usual. For small areas, such as flower or vegetable beds can remove the leaves with a rake and then collect them with a shovel.

2. use leaf vacuum cleaner: The leaf vacuum with gasoline is very noisy. A device with an electric motor is comparably quiet, but you need an electric connection (socket) nearby.

Dispose of or compost the autumn leaves: An overview of the options

Autumn leaves composting tips

You can compost some of the autumn leaves. However, since leaves make up no more than one-fifth of all compost ingredients, the amount suitable for composting is rather limited. Another small portion of autumn leaves you can keep for crafts . You must package and dispose of the rest as directed by the municipality or take it to a special collection point near you. Small quantities can be disposed of in the organic waste garbage can. It is strictly forbidden to burn the autumn leaves (high fire risk and very dangerous!), to dispose of them in the residual waste (will be fined) or in nature (also fined and in no way environmentally friendly).