Six strategies for managing fall leaves


The upside to the unseasonally high temperatures this fall is that your leaves are still affixed to your trees.  But make no mistake: the leaves will come down.  And when they do, you’ll need a leaf removal strategy.  Leaving leaves (lol) on your lawn creates a breeding ground for pests (fleas particularly enjoy these conditions) and smother grass.  Below is our curated list of ways to deal with your falling leaves:

  1. Rake and bag – Obviously.  While this is a popular method, it is a highly labor intensive way to remove unwanted leaves.

  2. Blow or vacuum the leaves - Noisy though effective. . .but where will you blow them?  Into a pile to bag?  It’s not like you can just blow them in the street and call it a day unless you want to win the Most Unpopular Neighbor Award.

  3. Mulch the leaves with a mulching mower – This method will return key nutrients to the soil after decomposed.  Though depending on the amount of leave you have, this may only be a one or two time fix.

  4. Tarp - Rake or blow into small piles, then use the tarp to collect large piles to make bagging easier.  We developed this method last fall and it was genius. #HumbleBrag.

  5. Leave (these puns write themselves) them there – Sorry to be misleading but this isn’t’ really an option.  As mentioned before, left alone, leaves can smother and kill plants underneath.  Also fleas.  Also . . .it looks bad. FYI.

  6. Compost pile – This is the laziest, and perhaps most cost-efficient method.  Seriously, why do you think hippies are into it? (No offense hippies, take a joke) Building a compost bin will create a receptacle for leaves and yard waste (and other things like food scraps), so you can skip bagging and haul away.  Overtime and with appropriate moisture, composting creates a natural, (and also free) fertilizer that adds nutrients to plants.  So to recap, you dump your leaves and leftovers in the compost pile, forget about it and it turns into free fertilizer. 

If you need help constructing a compost pile, we can help.  From to design aesthetics and location, we will ensure your compost pile is functional, critter-proof and easy on the eyes. We'll also walk you through composting best-practices to ensure that come springtime, you over-wintered compost is ready for planting. We also promise not to tell everyone you are a hippie, unless you are good with that. :)