Leaves on ground at Southerly ParkLeaf Collection Guidelines:

  • Simply rake leaves to the tree lawn, avoiding hydrants, trees, and street signs.
  • Do not mix brush in with leaves. Doing so could result in damage to leaf collection equipment.
  • Do not rake leaves into the street! This is dangerous for motorists. 

Mulch Leaves Instead of Rake?

Did you know that you can mulch your leaves instead of raking them? University research has shown that mulching leaves has numerous benefits:

  • Great for your lawn – leaves will return a lot of nitrogen back to the soil as they decompose, fertilizing your lawn and garden beds. This can greatly reduce or eliminate the need to fertilize your lawn.
  • Helps maintain soil moisture.
  • The University of Michigan has found that mulching leaves into your lawn can reduce weeds such as dandelions by nearly 100% in three years.
  • Provides overwintering habitat for many pollinators.
  • Saves time – mulching is faster than raking.
  • Environmentally friendly – Mulching your leaves reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, lowers fuel emissions from trucks transporting leaf waste, reduces the potential for clogged storm drains, and reduces the amount of leaves washed into water sources.

 How to Mulch Leaves

Leaf mulching is easiest when the leaves are dry.

  • Set your mower to the highest setting and run over your leaves a few times. Mow the leaves until the pieces are about the size of a dime.
  • You can mulch up to a 6" layer of leaves with a ride on mower, less with a push mower.
  • You should be able to easily see your grass after the leaves have been mulched.
  • If you have a lot of leaves, attach a bag mower to collect the clippings. You can use this to spread in your garden beds, up to 6" thick.