Mulching VS Bagging Leaves

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Stop Raking Start Mulching

It’s great to have big shade trees in your yard. But, come fall, you can start to resent them. Those big trees drop leaves, and that means extra work, hassle, and lost time. However, there’s good news. A recent study done at Michigan State University shows that you can forget about raking, blowing, and bagging leaves. Instead, just mulch them with your lawn mower and feed your lawn with a nitrogen rich lawn fertilizer. It’ll save you work, improve your soil, and add nutrients. Here’s how you do it.


Mow Over Those Leaves

Take the grass catcher off your mower and mow over the leaves on your lawn. You want to reduce your leaf clutter to dime-size pieces. You’ll know you’re done when about half an inch of grass can be seen through the mulched leaf layer. Once the leaf bits settle in, microbes and worms get to work recycling them. Any kind of rotary-action mower will do the job, and any kind of leaves can be chopped up. With several passes of your mower, you can mulch up to 18 inches of leaf clutter. Find a John Deere mulching kit in Fort Wayne, Indiana for your exact model on


Uses for Shredded Leaves

Once you’ve used your mower to mulch up the leaves, there are many great uses for them:

    • Compost Pile: Add shredded leaves to a compost pile. Shredded leaves are a great source of carbon for the compost pile. Layer them with nitrogen-rich waste such as leaf clippings, and keep some extra on hand to sprinkle over messy kitchen scraps.
    • Leaf Mold: Some gardeners like to process leaf compost separately to produce a super-rich mulch and soil additive called leaf mold.
    • Container booster: Fill your planting containers about half-full of tightly-packed leaves, then add regular potting soil and plants. The leaves will break down slowly and feed the plant, saving on the cost of potting soil.
  • Instant bulb bed: To create a bed of spring woodland bulbs such as daffodils, first layer shredded leaves and topsoil, then place a layer of bulbs, then cover with layers of leaves and topsoil to about 8”- 10” deep.


See Great Results in the Spring

When spring arrives, you’ll notice something. The leaf litter you mulched up in the fall will have disappeared. Your rake will look dusty and neglected. And your grass will look greener than ever. There is nothing better knowing you are helping your environment and ensuring the health of your lawn by mulching your leaves. Be sure to check out all of our mulching kits directly here at


Mulching: A Better Use of Resources

When you rake your leaves, it costs you. Your local taxes pay for trucks to sweep up your leaves or pick up your leaf bags, which often end up in landfills. If you burn leaves, you’re just sending up clouds of carbon into the atmosphere. When using a Mulching kit leaves simply recycles a natural resource, giving you richer soil for free.


Mower Decks: How Can I Decide What Mulching Kit

There are plenty of mowers with mulching capability on the market today. As well, you can easily outfit a conventional, non-mulching mower with a serrated blade specially designed for mulching. All you need to do is find the make and model of your mower and search it in our easy to use Mutton Power website or check out our John Deere Mulch Kit Buyers Guide. And be sure to get all your OEM parts at Green Mower Parts website.

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