Leaves falling over grass seed. What to do?

Old 10-15-11, 08:54 AM
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Leaves falling over grass seed. What to do?

I just got some grass planted a few day ago and now with all the wind we are having there are leaves starting to cover the ground. Is that okay or do they need to be removed in order for the seeds to germinate and grow?
If they need to be removed what is the best way to do so? Is it safe to just run over the ground with a lawnmower and mulch them up or should I use a rake and be careful not to disturb the ground too much?
Thanks in advance for the advice.
Old 10-15-11, 03:06 PM
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I try to sow grass seed early enough that's it's up to mowing height before leaf season to avoid your situation. Since your seed is down I would just let the leaves lie. More will fall and the wind will probably move them around so even if you did clean them up you'd awake the next day to see more leaves covering the area. In a couple weeks if it looks like the grass has germinated and growing you might get out there with a rake and very gently remove the leaves but I'm prone to just letting it go and see what you've got in the spring.
Old 10-17-11, 06:37 AM
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I'm with Dane - remove the leaves from around the area where you seeded and see what the wind will do for the seeded area for the moment.
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