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Leaves can 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 leaves and your plan for them,eitherkeep them on your flowerbeds or remove them immediately.

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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 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.

  • 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.