Why do we need to rake/bag up leaves? Wont they biodegrade on their own?

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Why do we need to rake/bag up leaves? Wont they biodegrade on their own?

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A heavy layer of leaves could smother the grass beneath them, thus killing the grass. But mostly we rake them up because its deemed as looking nicer than having them in your lawn

/#leavetheleaves!

[Here is a press release from the Nat’l Wildlife Federation about exactly this topic!](https://www.nwf.org/Home/Latest-News/Press-Releases/2019/09-25-19-Leave-the-Leaves)

TL;DR it’s to preserve the look of lawns and make it easier for pickup. There is no ecological benefit (and only harm) to be had from “cleaning it up” and your instinct is 100% correct 🙂

We don’t need to, we choose to, mostly because it looks nice. As a disadvantage, they can smother out grass (when in large quantities, otherwise it’s beneficial) or clog water drainage.

Not removing your leaves will result in them biodegrading and in a much healthier and biodiverse soil the next year.