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Leavescan protect flowerbeds’ tender bulbs and roots from winter’s temperature variations, or they can solidify into a nuisance layer that keeps air and water from the beds’ soil. Depending on what type of tree drops leavesand your plan for them, either keep them on your flowerbedsor remove them immediately.

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  • Should you remove leaves from plants in the winter?

  • If you have a bed with mostly large, vigorous plants or an area with mostly bulbs (which are dormant for the winter), there is no need to remove the leaves. In fact, leaving them in place could help protect your plants and suppress weeds.

  • Should I remove leaves from my flowerbeds this fall?

  • Depending on what type of tree drops leaves and your plan for them, either keep them on your flowerbeds or remove them immediately. Raking leaves from your flower beds is a common fall chore, but you may wish to leave them to act as mulch over the winter months.

  • Is it OK to leave leaves on top of plants?

  • It’s also fine to let an inch or two of leaves over perennial beds and bare beds where you plant vegetables and annual flowers. Areas where it’s better to remove leaves are the lawn and on top of evergreen groundcovers, such as vinca, ivy and pachysandra.

  • Should I rake the leaves in the fall and winter?

  • Even if you do rake the leaves in your yard during the fall and into winter you can guarantee there will still be lots of leaves and debris across your lawn by the time spring arrives.