Leaves are turning color and falling as the mercury in the thermometer continues to fall. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach advise that leaf debris be removed from lawns so that the turfgrass can get sunlight.
Leaves that are shredded or composted work well as mulch for vegetable gardens, raspberry plantings, perennial flower beds and around trees and shrubs. Wheat, oat or soybean straw is recommended as winter mulch for strawberries and perennials.
Also, to promote decomposition of leaves, mix them with grass clippings or other materials with high nitrogen levels. For more information click here.