I have heard this more than once but have never seen it in writing. " Mulching the leaves (fine) is very good for the turf." First time I heard this was from a large turf company's manager. Is it true?
If there are not a lot then they can be mulched, too many, not good. Mulched leaves will draw some nitrogen from soil while decomposing. Leaves do add nitrogen to soil after decomposing. Need to compensate for loss.
I just read an article in one of the mags that said a healty lawn should be able to take the mulch of up to three inches of fallen leaves. Now, the three inches is BEFORE mulching, mind you. I know some of mine take that and THEN some!
I posted this on the JRco Plow thread, but wanted others to see what mulching with double Gator blades can do. Some may skip over the JRco Plow Thread, but look at this one and I wanted this to be seen by guys that do mulch or want to try it. On the other thread, some say you can't mulch, but at least the posts on this thread believe in mulching leaves. You can see what I'm mulching and how it looks after the first time and then I go over it real fast a second time, which is the bottom picture. It may not be perfect, but I don't think it looks horrible and I've never had any complaints. When they get a bit deeper, I'll get some more pictures. It sure beats picking them up.
I mulch everything, and haven't had any problems with mulching up large amounts of leaves. On smaller properties, I might blow the 'bits' away after mowing. On larger ones, I'll make a second pass and call it good.
Like Eric, I've never had a complaint about leaves doing it this way.