Will mulched magnolia leaves kill grass?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Port City Lawncare, Nov 3, 2003.

  1. Port City Lawncare

    Port City Lawncare LawnSite Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 75

    Someone tell me this is the most far-fetched reasoning for discontinuing services.
  2. Josey Wales

    Josey Wales LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    I would think not directly. Magnolia leaves take such a long time to decompose though that I would think that it may contribute to thatch. Thus indirectly affecting the health of the grass that way.

    Perhaps a lawn with lots of mulched Magnolia leaves would require more dethatching or aeration. My best guess. :)
  3. BRL

    BRL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,211

    Nope, I have 2 decent sized magnolias in my back yard. And I've had bigger ones at other clients' properties. Always mulch the leaves into the lawn (side discharge). Never have a thatch problem in those areas, or others for that matter. Always need to aerate the whole lawn, but no more so in those areas than the rest ;). Those sections of the lawn are just as healthy as the rest.
  4. HacMan91

    HacMan91 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    No problems here with magnolias, just a mess to mulch.

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