When is the best time to rake leaves?

With the arrival of Fall comes an abundance of gorgeous and colourful foliage that decorates a majority of trees. The colours this time of year are one of my favourite things about Autumn, and we are at a point in which many of these beautiful leaves are beginning to fall from their hosts.

I’ve seen a couple of different people beginning to rake their lawns, but I’ve heard before that the best time to rake is in the Spring. Because I was curious, I decided to look it up, and I thought I would share this information with all of you.

“A thick layer of leaves can smother grass and block air flow and sunlight. It also can form a barrier that prevents water and nutrients from getting to the root system of the grass. And it can be a habitat for diseases and pests. If left under a layer of leaves all winter, your grass might not come back as healthy or at all in the spring. 

“Most lawn experts advise that you shouldn’t let leaves sit on the grass for more than three or four days. That said, there are some factors to take into account that could change this suggested time frame.

“If there is a particularly thick layer of leaves that has fallen on your grass, you likely shouldn’t let three days go by before you rake. Likewise, if the leaves are very wet and have become matted together, you should rake them promptly. Taking immediate action in these cases will reduce the likelihood that your grass will be smothered,” explains thespruce.com.

Apparently my notion of abstaining from raking up leaves until the Spring is incorrect, therefore I am glad I decided to look into it a little further. Perhaps this information can be of use to some of us this Fall.

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6 thoughts on “When is the best time to rake leaves?

  1. Are those maple leaves? Think some experts advise not to rake them. they can enrich the soil. Iguessit depends how many leaves you have


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