Rake them wet or rake them dry?
Raking leaves is one fall chore that never seems finished. As soon as you are done clearing a large area of leaves, a cool breeze kicks in and covers the ground again — or an afternoon rain soaks the yard before you are able to finish.
If you don't have too many leaves, you can just let them fall and blow around, as they will eventually decompose and nourish the soil. But if you have so many leaves that they cover plants and your lawn, you need to remove them. Is it better to rake leaves when wet or dry? We've got the pros and cons.
Rake them wet
Did the rainy season come a bit early this fall? If so, you may need to rake wet leaves from your lawn and bedding areas. Leaving a layer or more of wet leaves on top of your lawn prevents water, nutrients and sunlight from reaching your grass, and it sets you up for potential fungal problem later on.
Rake them dry
Dry leaves are easier to rake than wet. If you add dry leaves to your compost bin or pile, they provide a "brown" ingredient that offsets the "green" additions like grass clippings.
Whether you love to rake or find it a chore, the payoff for your efforts is the shade these beautiful trees will provide next summer.
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