Do you really need to rake all those leaves?

The answer to the question is no. The catch is, as long as the leaves aren't covering more than 20% of your lawn. Excessive leaf matter can be bad as it will smother your grass. McGuire's Beautiful Outdoors uses mulching kits on all our mowers which chops leaves into small pieces so they fall down into the canopy. This is beneficial because the nutrients and organic matter benefit the lawn and soil. Some leaf types have been shown to reduce weed germination when mulched into the canopy. Most leave drop also occurs while Florida lawns are in their dormant state, so no new growth is being affected. So before you get that rake out, give mulching a try!