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Should i leave leaves on flower beds in winter? If you have a bed with mostly large, vigorous plants or an area with mostly bulbs (which are dormant for the winter), there isno need to remove the leaves. In fact, leaving them in place could help protect your plants and suppress weeds.

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  • Should you leave your leaves to decompose in winter?

  • Yes, leaving fallen leaves to decompose does return valuable nutrients to the soil, provides habitat for lots of important and valuable insect species over winter, and acts as a natural mulch. Unfortunately, the article was not exceedingly clear about one place you do NOT want to just leave your leaves: your lawn.

  • Should you leave leaves over your lawn in winter?

  • If you leave a thick layer of leaves over your lawn all winter it can have the effect of smothering the grass and as grass needs to breathe this can be bad news.

  • 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 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.