fallen leaves in yard

How to Use Fallen Leaves to Make Your Yard Better

Fall is a gorgeous season for many reasons. For example, the cloudy nature of fall means that there is more saturation outside, which means that photographs look nicer. However, the number one aesthetic benefit of the fall is that the leaves change and begin to fall down. All of the different autumn colors that nature paints on leaves make the light during fall just glow, and makes the Utah mountains look like a beautifully painted backdrop.

Sadly, many people tend to just look at fallen leaves as trash on the ground that they have to pick up. To help mitigate some of that frustration, here are some fun projects that you can use those fallen leaves for:

  • Composting
  • Mulch
  • Leave them on a strategic spot of grass


If you like to do a lot of gardening, then leaves are a great base material to make wonderful compost, which can help fertilize your soil and make it better for growing all sorts of things. 

Compost things like grass clippings and tree trimmings as well as paper and shredded fruits for a healthy compost pile. People who add compost to their gardens generally have healthier plants and a better vegetable yield.

However, even if you don’t like gardening or don’t grow a garden yourself, you can still make a compost pile and then have the city pick it up; they will distribute it to somebody who is growing food. This way, the leaves that fall on your lawn could end up being a vital part of the crops that end up on your dinner plate.


Another way that you can use fallen leaves to make better soil is to use them more decoratively on your landscape by turning them into mulch. Essentially, putting a layer of leaves on your flowerbed or around your bushes adds a natural aesthetic that fits in with the season and makes your plants grow even better.

You can even mix the leaves with wet wood mulch for a nice result. Mulch can help create a barrier on top of the soil, making it difficult for weeds to grow from seeds in the spring.

Leave them on a strategic spot of grass

Usually, raking up all of the leaves is the fun part of the chore, but picking them up and trying to get rid of them is the part that really stinks. Well, if you feel this way, then you might actually have a reason not to pick them up.

If you have a spot on your lawn where grass just refuses to grow well, you can leave a small pile of leaves on top of it, and then let the snow cover it until it disintegrates down into the soil. If you leave it until spring, your grass will grow back greener and stronger there.

Stewarts has a high-quality lawn service program to help improve the look of your lawn all year round. Call or text us today at 801-226-2261 for a free quote and more information!