In the NW we have a large variety of deciduous trees that help shade our home, businesses and landscapes. Removing the leaves from your lawn will keep the grass green and growing throughout the winter months. Every bit of sunlight that can be obtained during this time of year will be a welcomed event during the long and wet winters we experience in the Pacific Northwest. Dense turf is what most landscapers desire year round, and during the fall it is easy to fall behind on leaf removal, but the faster the leaves are removed, the healthier the turf.
What to do with the leaves- leave them on site in beds!
The best way to be fast and proactive during heavy leaf drop is to blow or rake the leaves into bed areas for winter storage. Why do landscapers remove all this great material from the landscape? Its mainly aesthetics, and in wind prone areas leaves in the beds will blow around the landscaping making it a mess, but it sheltered locations leaf storage in the beds is a sustainable and responsible way to keep landscapes weed free, protect sensitive plantings from hard freezes, and helps build the soil.