How to Mulch

There Are Many Ways To Mulch And Compost Your Leaves

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It all depends...

 

There is no ONE right way to deal with your leaves, and methods vary by site, volume of leaves, and garden features.

Landscapers have access to specialized equipment that is even more efficient and are detailed in our For Professional Landscapers page.  

Here are some commonly recommended methods for homeowners. 

What to do about all those leaves on the lawn

 

The Easiest Way

Undoubtedly, the easiest way to get rid of leaves is to mow them into your lawn. You can do this with a regular mower, especially if the leaves are dry, but a mulcher-mower works better. Watch the video. And there are plenty more leaf mulching videos on You Tube. Everyone's doing it! 

In this photo at left, these leaves were mowed with a hand-pushed Neutron electric mower -- one pass. If you prefer a really tidy look, you can take another pass to mulch everything, although many people wait until the end of the season to get the perfect clean look. You can catch the leaves in the mower bag and compost them or, preferably, just let the mulched leaves fall on the lawn, where they will decompose, improving the soil.

 

It doesn’t matter how thick the leaf layer is, you just might have to go over it more than once. If you mow weekly, one pass will probably be fine. At the peak of leaf fall, you may need to mow twice a week. The chopped up leaves fall between the grass blades, decompose and nourish the soil. No need (or less need) for lawn fertilizer, no need for raking!  

 

Landscapers and more serious gardeners switch the blades on their lawnmowers to special mulching blades (available online – called Gators). These shred the leaves VERY effectively. Switching a lawnmower blade is really easy and the mulching gator blades usually cost less than $20 depending on your mower type. 

 

What About Leaves on Hard Surfaces?

 

You can mow leaves on hardscapes, like driveways and patios, and then move the mulched leaves back onto garden beds, around shrubs, or the lawn. Or just blow or (preferably) rake the leaves onto the lawn and mow them right in.

 

 

Wondering About the Leaves On Your Perennial Beds?

 

Pull or blow fallen leaves off perennial beds, piling them in rows and then mow the rows. The volume is reduced by x10 and the remaining mulch can be replaced on the beds where they will break down forming a protective winter layer and then gradually turn into compost, enriching your soil.

 

There is no need to remove leaves from robust plants like pachysandra, unless you need to do so for aesthetic reasons. In which case, remove the leaves, mulch them with a shredder or mower, and blow or rake the mulch back onto the pachysandra. If you choose to leave them, during the winter and through early spring, they will slowly fall to the ground so you can't see them under the pachysnadra plants. The leaves will decompose and improve the soil naturally.

Mulching Equipment

 

Most mowers designed for homeowner use come with mulching blades, designed to mulch grass and which work fine for leaf mulching. Make sure they are regularly sharpened and replace them when necessary. They can be bought at any lawncare maintenance store or ordered online and cost about $20.

 

Electric lawn mowers, which are less polluting than gas-powered mowers, are very effective at leaf mulching.

 

Gator blades, which have teeth, are worth considering for fall clean up if you have lots of leaves. They're more efficient than regular mulching blades and will also cut your grass perfectly well. Changing the blade on a mower is very simple and can be used on small homeowners mowers as well as professional-grade mowers.

Types of Blades

Print Out Leaf Mulching Tips

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tips in Spanish

One page leaf-mulching 

tips in English

Gator Blades in Action

Find a Local Landscaper Who Mulches

 

If you think you should be listed on this page, contact us! email leaveleavesalone@gmail.com

 

Landscapers who offer mulch-mowing services in the Bedford, NY Area

* Andrew J. Gembecki, Natural Greenscapes, Inc. 914-806-5967. "I like the idea of leaving the leaves for a healthier lawn."

* Luis Soto Avljd5@hotmail.com 845-5050-0646

* Fedele Landscaping: Dominic 914-424-3522.

* Dan Delventhal 203-254-9999 Mowgreen http://mowgreen.us/ No gas landscaping (all electric or manual labor).

* Carlos Lopez 914-584-3384

* Peak Landscaping 914-213-9825 www.peaklandscaping.com

* Organic Landscapes by DeLuca Lawn Maintenance Pete DeLuca 914-764-7409 www.organiclandscapesny.com

* Victor Ziminsky IV, Let it Grow Landscapes 347-237-7141 www.letitgrowlandscapes.net

* Byron's Landscaping, Bedford Hills 914 564 5594 bayronlima@yahoo.com

* Green Jay Landscaping,  914-560-6570, Greenjaylandscaping.com

 

Landscapers who offer mulch mowing services in Westchester:

  • Ryan & Ryan Landscaping 914-693-0015 (His first year of mulch-mowing was in 2010 and he can't believe he didn't do it earlier. He saved almost $1,500 a week in overtime and tipping fees.) 
  • A. Vulpone Landscaping 914-755-1121 avulpone@optonline.net ("It's so much more efficient than removing leaves. It's better for the lawns and the flower beds too.") 
  • Aesthetic Landscape Care, Tim Downey 914- 478-7320. tdowney520@optonline.net (Tim changed to mulching 10 years ago and was so impressed with the results he became a rep for Vulcher2 mulching equipment.) 
  • David Duarte, Five Brothers Landscaping, 914-490-4123 fivebrotherslandscaping@verizon.net "It's the right way to go for the environment and makes sense financially too." (Been doing this for more than 20 years.) 
  • Charles White, White Garden Designs, for southeast Westchester and north to White Plains. (914) 582-0412
  • Mulching Trainers & Technical Consultants:
  • Nature's Cradle: Ishkanian Raffi 914-779-8723 info@naturescradlenursery.com
  • Angelo Mastrogiacomo  Landscaping: Angelo 914-490-4871 mastrogiacomoa@aol.com
  • Bellantoni Landscape: Mike 914-948-6468 mikejr@mblandscape.com
  • Forest Brook Landscaping: Mark 914-384-4883
  • Greener by Design: Richard Heller 914-637-9870 info@greenerdesigns.com http://www.greenerdesigns.com/
  • JC Landscapers Joe Wager 914-834-5031
  • Bulfamonte Landscaping: Mario Bulfamonte 914-636 -4428 http://www.mariobulfamante.com/
  • Miele Landscaping Company: Augustino 914-633-3761
  • Gomes Landscaping: David 914-906-3067 gomes@gomeslandscaping.com
  • V. Civitano Ruiz Oskar 914-674-1021
  • M & G Poli Landscaper Contracting Poli Martin 914-779-4962
  • Brickman 914-773-7650 www.brickmangroup.com

 

Landscapers who offer mulch mowing services In Rockland County:

  • Everett Berger 845-638-2796
  • Fred Wicke 845-570-0448
  • Brian Crosby 845-634-5911

Leave Leaves Alone is located in Bedford Hills, NY tel. 914 261 4986 email: leaveleavesalone@gmail.com