Science Says Don’t Rake Your Leaves, But What About Your Curb Appeal? We Have the Answer!

should you rake your leaves?Autumn is undoubtedly a stunning season here in the Greater St. Louis region. Each year, we are treated to seas of gold, ruby, and burnt orange in our neighborhoods, our favorite local parks, and along the roads that we travel each day. While the leaves on the trees are one of the residents’ favorite things about the fall season, the leaves that fall off the trees and blanket the ground soon become an annoyance and burden for many homeowners. After all, raking is an arduous task to tackle, and many homeowners just wish the leaves would magically blow away.

Just a few days ago, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) released a report stating that homeowners everywhere should greatly consider leaving their leaves on the ground alone. The Federation says that leaves on the ground act as a mini ecosystem for a variety of species such as chipmunks, turtles, salamanders, toads, and several helpful insects, providing them with shelter and food throughout the fall and winter months. If you’re a butterfly fan, you’ll definitely want to reconsider raking those leaves, the NFW says, because various species of butterflies live in the leaves as pupae during the winter.

You might be rejoicing at this science-backed “excuse” to leave the leaves alone, but what if you’re trying to sell your home? After all, curb appeal is essential when it comes to enticing potential homebuyers to come in and look at everything your home has to offer. A yard littered with leaves can look unkempt and can possibly scare away those in the hunt for a new home. What’s a seller to do?

We have the answer that you’re searching for: mulch them!

If you want your yard looking picked up and neat but still want to take care of the environment, just cut the grass in your yard and mulch up the leaves. It won’t only be good for the mini-ecosystem around your home, but it will also serve as fertilizer for your grass. You can also scatter the mulch in your planting beds to provide them with rich nutrients and guard them from sneaky weeds. Plus, mulching takes much less time to do than raking, leaving you with plenty of time to enjoy your yard and the fall season with your loved ones!

Unable to mulch them? It’s best to rake them up for aesthetic purposes. Remember, a well-kept lawn will enhance your home’s curb appeal by leaps and bounds!

Looking for more fall tips? Want to know how you can make your yard look the best it can to entice those buyers? Call the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298! You can also check us out online at to look at our listings, learn more about us, or read more great tips!