09:18AM | 02/09/01
Member Since: 02/08/01
1 lifetime posts
Last summer I bought my first house and among many other things, I have found the topic of lawn care to be quite a learning experience. Hopefully someone can help me with my current dilemma.

Last fall I raked up the leaves a couple of times, but I wasn't able to get them all up before the snow hit. During the last few weeks things have gotten a bit warmer in Chicago and we've had some rain, which has melted most of the snow. Now my yard is covered with last fall's leaves, which, combined with the rain and having sat under the snow for two months, has covered most of the grass with a slimy mud-like substance.

So I am wondering: What should I do at this point to prepare the yard for spring? Is it safe to rake up all of the junk from the yard, or would I risk killing the grass? Is there anything else I should be considering/concerned about?

Thanks in advance,
Jimmy Joe


03:01AM | 02/12/01
Member Since: 01/28/01
171 lifetime posts
I think you just rake up the leaves when they dry a little. If you leave them down, they shade the grass and it won't grow.


08:47AM | 02/12/01
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
By now most of the grass is dead. This happened to me about 15 years ago. Rake up what you can, that also helps break up the soil. Then sow new grass seed.
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