Well, now autumn is arriving, and we have many trees. What do you suggest about raking? Is it good to rake frequently, infrequently, or not at all. On one hand, I would think it would be good to just leave the leaves there to decompose by springtime. On the other hand, I've heard (from non-organic gardeners) that its good to rake because you're then removing any dead grass, etc. On the first hand again, I do like the way leaves look, and raking isn't exactly fun... but, again, on the second hand, i guess i don't want them blowing around all season either. What to do?
If the tree can smother the grass underneath it, it will have a better chance of out competing it. On the other hand, the leaves will improve the soil in many ways.
If your trees are small or if your tree doesn't generate a lot of leaves, you can run a mulching mower over the leaves. The pulverized leaves will feed the grass and the tree.
If you have a LOT of leaves, the mulch can end up so thick that is can kill your lawn (and make your tree happy). In this case, you probably want to rake a lot of the leaves. These leaves are great for mulching gardens, shrubs, etc. They are also great in your compost pile.