The Best Way to Mulch Leaves in a Yard


Fallen leaves can be beneficial to the ground on your property. You can use the leaves to create an all-natural mulch. Leaf mulch is also lighter than other types of mulch, which makes it much easier to work with. This mulch will provide nutrients for the soil as it decomposes. Making your own mulch in the fall out of your fallen leaves is easy to do and can be done on a nice afternoon. Just make sure that it is not a windy day, or you will have trouble keeping your leaves in one place.

Step 1

Rake your leaves into piles.

Step 2

Use a lawnmower to shred your leaves. It is best if you have a lawnmower with a bag. The bag will collect all of the shredded leaves so that you can easily remove them.

Step 3

Dump one foot of shredded leaves into a compost bin. Set a layer of grass clippings on top of the pile. Then wet the pile, but don't soak it. Add another one foot pile of shredded leaves and continue the cycle until you have added all of your leaves to the compost pile.

Step 4

Cover your compost bin with a tarp during the winter months. When spring rolls around, the mulch will be ready for use.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not try to shred your leaves if they are wet. Wait for them to dry out first.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Lawnmower
  • Compost bin
  • Grass clippings
  • Water
  • Tarp


  • Here and There: Making Mulch from Leaves
  • Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection: Turning Autumn Leaves into Healthy Lawns
Keywords: making mulch, raking leaves, compost pile

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