Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa)

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Merv Edinger & Associates
Remax Nova - Halifax, NS

Beneficial, not only does the decomposing add nutrients back to the soil but also provides habitat for beneficial insects, caterpillars ( pollinators ), salamanders, toads & frogs. We have a lot of trees in our yard. We use the fallen leaves to mulch our gardens, add some to our vegatable gardens, and simply mulch the leaves on the lawn into the soil. 

Oct 26, 2020 06:56 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Mine are mowed up and left to do what Mother Nature does best!

Oct 26, 2020 08:47 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

As others have stated... it is beneficial to mulch. 

Oct 26, 2020 07:49 AM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

If you have kids, grandkids or a dog - you have to rake them into a pile so the fun can begin.

Oct 26, 2020 07:19 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hmm, an interesting question.  I have not raked leaves in years actually decades.  At the time, I was told it was not only good exercise but a part of my "contract" of continuing to live in the house as a responsible child. Sounded more like a marketing scheme than good parenting to me.  I digress.   I didn't have much reason to think of any additional benefits or deterrents at the time.  

Oct 26, 2020 06:59 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

You have a good answer from Scott Godzyk.

We rake them for the City loose leaf collection. 

Oct 26, 2020 07:52 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Fallen leaves are destined to kill any grass beneath it.
If the outcome desired in spring is the sprouting of native foliage (weeds) then let the leaves rot in place.
However, if 'grass and pride' are on display, raking is essential. Now what do you do with the raked leaves?  If you do not have a 12 month composting process, you need to bag, burn or berm.

Oct 26, 2020 07:16 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

If they can decompose as designed we are just fine. Cycle of life is living life. Now where man has contributed "causes & effects", common sense prevails

Oct 26, 2020 07:00 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I have no clue... I don't do yard work. And I've never rake a leaf in my life! :) And not planning to start anytime soon, either!

Oct 26, 2020 06:43 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

If you have room, having a mulch area is a huge boost to your yard and gardens. Allowing the leaves to mulch turning back to soil is a plus. Many though dont have room and have to dispose of them.

Oct 26, 2020 06:39 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA

depends on where they are here.  It would harm our lawn area, so we blow them into our wooded area where it is beneficial

Oct 26, 2020 10:54 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

I run over them with the lawnmower and let them mulch.  The remainder I'll use the leafblower to push back into the woods where they came from.  No bagging or burning here.

Oct 26, 2020 10:13 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

We mulch and allow nature to take it's course.

Oct 26, 2020 09:21 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

A light dusting of leaves looks nice.  Too much and it's messy looking and a detriment if the house is on the market.  Aside from the aesthetics, there are benefits of nutrients returning to the ground, as others have said better than I can.

Oct 26, 2020 08:36 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

I grew roses and developed patents a long time ago. It was bad to save the leaves which harbor disease and bugs. 

If you compost leaves in a moist pile the heat breaks down most of the mold, bugs and disease and creates wonderful nutrient rich soil. The key is the pil needs to be 3 feet high, stay damp not soggy and combine green and brown plant waste. NEVER add proteins it attracts skunks, and rodents.  

Oct 26, 2020 08:27 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Our lawnmower mulchs so we just mulch them into the lawn natures fertilizer. 

Oct 26, 2020 06:12 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Personal preference and dependent on varying factors among which are your location and the amount of leaves and where they fall.

Oct 26, 2020 08:53 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

As a guy who specializes in matters such as this I can tell you that it is best to leave them where they fall, especially in areas where the soils need to keep as many nutrients as they can.

I always get a chuckle out of the urbanites who pay to get rid of their leaves and grass clippings (and dog poop), and then go and pay a bit more to buy fertilizer to replace the nutrients that they threw away.

Oct 26, 2020 08:39 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Well, where I am, fallen leaves are natural. THey fall, they lay, they become part of the environment.


Oct 26, 2020 06:08 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Mulch leaves is beneficial as others have said.  Leaves up against house and foundation must be removed.

Oct 26, 2020 05:14 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Beneficial. I just read a story of this very thing, where you treat the leaves as a solar panel.  This is an invention of Pablo Vidarte founder of Bioo, talks about electricity from nature.  A

Oct 26, 2020 01:00 PM
Jerrill Ewing
N & J Lake Properties, LLC - Eatonton, GA

beneificial to the earth and my back

Oct 26, 2020 10:55 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Depends if you're asking me or my neighbor.....  LOL! 

Oct 27, 2020 04:33 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Mulch them on the lawns, rototiller them into the soil of your garden. Or spread them around the forest floor to decompose and to become part of your woodlots rich nutrients. Don't waste them or just burn them.

Oct 27, 2020 04:08 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Just wondering, where would they go where they did not become "part of the earth?"  Inquiring minds want to know.

Oct 26, 2020 04:50 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Leaving the leaves on the ground?  Our guy blows them off all the time so I don't think it's good to leave them.

Oct 26, 2020 01:16 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

It is my opinion that the leaves provide a blanket for the ground during the winter months. They can be disposed of in Spring when the new growing season arrives. 

Oct 27, 2020 09:00 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I used to have a house on a couple of acres. The leaves got chopped up by lawnmowers and left to do their thing.

Oct 27, 2020 04:22 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

It could thin out your grass if left covered for too long 

Oct 27, 2020 02:48 AM
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

Just Laziness

Oct 26, 2020 11:28 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Leaves are beneficial as mulch.

Much better than putting them in non-biodegradable bags and leaving them for our children's children's children...

Oct 28, 2020 09:04 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

We used to mulch when we lived in New England and had lots of leaves. Not an issue in my current yard.

Oct 27, 2020 09:45 AM
Steven Nickens
Wailea Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Great compost, my wife ranks them up and then puts them around trees.

Oct 29, 2020 11:24 PM