Oak trees produce large leaves as do a host of many species of deciduous trees. Trees benefit most when leaves remain within their drip line. Too many leaves accompanied by over watering can cause a fallen Oak tree. It’s best to avoid watering an oak tree and keep the leaves.
Deciduous oak leaves may be used for compost in edible gardens and landscapes, however oak leaves are better left with their tree. Due to larger leaf size, mulching is required. Oak leaves take longer to break down. By mulching, the decomposition process is sped up, occurring more easily, so mulch as much as possible.
Mulching can be done a variety of ways. If you have a landscape team, like Daley Landscape, Inc. ask them to do it for you. If you are an avid do-it-yourselfer, a chipper or mulcher can be purchased. If the cost is out of the budget, a lawn mower may work best with dry leaves, avoid doing this after rain. Some lawn mowers have special leaf shredding attachments. Wear recommended safety gear to avoid flying debris.
Avoid overwatering Oak trees and spread the leaves within the drip line of the tree. Mulch the leaves when using them for compost or in landscape. Avoid mulching wet leaves with a lawn mower and always use proper safety gear. Ask Daley Landscape, Inc. how they can help maintain this organic process.