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Letting Leaves LieRaking up and disposing of leaves is a time-honored ritual of autumn, but are ways of putting them to better use in a yard.
Ecologically, the best way to deal with leaves in the yard is to mulch them where they fall and let them decompose to release their minerals back to the soil.
Another concern is smothering out the turf if leaves are allowed to remain.
Leaf cover that is too thick may cause excessive moisture under the leaves or drastically reduce sunlight to the turf.
Source: Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
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