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Is grinding leaves a good thing.. or bad?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawn-Scapes, Nov 3, 2002.

  1. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    I know you are giving the nutrients back to the soil.. but does it make the soil acidic too?
  2. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    Been grinding leaves for years now - grass has never been or looked better

    Thanks, Brad
  3. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    i cant remember the link right off hand, but its proven that even continously mulching acidic leaves into the turf hardly effects the pH level. Dead leaves are not much more than carbon.
  4. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    Greenman (or anyone else).. if you can find/provide info that references this let me know...

  5. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    Here's one-http://home.att.net/~Tillandsias/Mulching.htm
  6. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

  7. I know most have seen my no (now) way thread, but how fast and how many leaves can a yard eat and break down.

    Like the name is, ground up leaves become "mulch".
  8. KLMlawn

    KLMlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 443

    LGF, I think it reallt depends on the volume and quantity of leaves first off, if you have just a dusting to maybe 2" of leaves, or whatever amount can be mulched with maybe 2-3 passes and still look presentable and neat, then that would be fine, but 6" or more where it would take more passes and there is a good volume of leaf litter still present in the lawn upon close inspection to the point where it would lay and crowd out the existing grass, then it has to be either mulched and picked up or picked up period.
    I mulch to a point, then it is bagging all the way, unfortunately there are just some prop's that can't be mulched and left due to the volume and type of leaves present ... such as oak and the like. They just don't mulch well and leave an unfinished appearance when you are done running them over half a dozen times even with Gators ....
  9. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Messages: 1,540

    Another study concerning leaf mulching and it's long term effects on lawns:


    I think the trick is to do them regularly (5-7 days) so that they are not allowed to smother the turf. It sure is easier to do them at least on a weekly basis.

    Just go to yahoo.com, type "Leaf Mulching" into the search box, and you will find tons of ag studies touting the beneficial aspects of re-depositing organic-rich leaves back into the soil.
  10. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    Thats the site I was oringinally talking about and looking for. Thanks for posting it.

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