The Best Way to Get Rid of Leaves

Bright Red, Orange and Yellow

The turning of the leaves in the fall is not only a thing of beauty, it is also a matter of utility for the trees. Bright red, orange, and yellow—they all must fall for the tree to survive and thrive.

Leaves on the ground.
Credits: Angela Schmeidel Randall

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

Albert Camus

Leaves are Rich in Nutrients

While brown leaves might seem like tree waste, all fallen, dead leaves serve a very important purpose. They are a rich source of nutrients to the tree and many unseen microbes in the soil. In nature, trees depend on the decomposition of their leaves to grow and thrive in the future months.

Best Use of Leaves

As a homeowner, one of the most ecological and economical ways to care for your trees is to allow the leaves to decompose where they land. However, this is not necessarily good for your lawn.

The best way to deal with leaves is very simple. It doesn’t involve the use of a blower or a rake. All you have to do is drive or push your lawnmower over the dead leaves. The more often you run the mower over the leaves the better.

You will be surprised how quickly the shredded leaves breakdown, yielding nutrients for your trees. And, no need for plastic bags! No pick up! Now, that’s better than a bouquet of flowers in the spring.

Pro tip: Walk backwards with your mower over the leaves to keep the them from blowing away.

Krista White

Krista White

Krista is a member of the marketing and education team at Tree Shepherds. A lifelong learner, she loves writing about anything from Hemingway to Quercus macrocarpa.