Time to change your habit of raking up fall leaves

For those who can’t bear to have leaves everywhere, chop them up with your lawn mower and use the smaller pieces in areas that need shelter from the winter.


You probably don’t need to rake your leaves this fall, experts say. Here’s why.

by Marina Pitofsky for USA Today

Published 6:00am October 14, 2022, updated 12:02pm October 14, 2022


  • Autumn is here, and the leaves in your yard might be falling to the ground.
  • If you were planning to bag up leaves this weekend, think again.
  • Here’s why experts say you might want to leave at least some of the leaves in your yard.

Autumn is upon us, and that might mean the leaves in your yard are starting to change color and fall.  

But if you were planning to add raking the yard and bagging up leaves to your weekend to-do list, think again. Experts say raking and removing leaves can be worse for your yard – and for the planet, too.  

Leaving at least some of the leaves in your yard can help fertilize your grass and other plants, provide shelter for animals and even reduce emissions from landfills. Here’s what you need to know about managing the leaves on your lawn this fall. 

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