Thanks for the suggestion my friend @bykfixer but that sounds like too much work to me. LOL. Besides I don't want to give up that much of my yard to build a mulch pile.It's Autumn south of the Mason Dixon with a hint of winter in the morning(s). Good word CG.
Hey Poppy, if you have lawn shaded by trees the leaves combined with grass clippings make great fertilizer. Find a corner of the yard to build a roughly 6' x 6' corral, run the leaves over with the mower then vacuum them up with the mower (after the blades chopped them up), deposit into your corral.
Then in Spring bag up the first few mows of grass and place the clippings in the corral over the leaves. Stir about once a month. Don't worry that the pile is waste high. By late summer you'll have a 1' thick layer of loamy fertilzer you spread over the yard before a mow. Mow over the fertilizer to spread it evenly. Within a couple of years you'll see a huge difference in how well the grass under the trees survive hot, dry weather without watering.
First year I lived in my current house the tree shaded yard was barren and when I cut grass it kicked up a lot of dust. My grass clippings came from the back yard. I made a batch of fertilizer that Fall and stirred it all winter. The next September I spread it thick over new grass seed (creeping red fescue) just ahead of hurricane Irene. That winter I had grass. Lots of it too. In the Spring I had a thin layer of topsoil. I spread what was left the first time I cut the grass that year. It took a few years of applying it but when I had the trees removed there were no bald spots in the yard anymore, not even under the trees. Weeds aren't really an issue anymore either. Just clover but clover is your yards friend. Plus it draws endangered honey bees.
One year I used about 95% of the leaves as mulch for flower beds, mixing it with the sandy silt soil at 12" deep. Now it's 12" of well draining sandy loam.
While my neighbors are watering their brown lawns in summer I'm hoping it doesn't rain 'cause I'm sick of cutting grass every 4 days in the summer heat. Now that the trees are gone and the yard gets full sun the you can almost see the grass grow.
Plucking weeds from flower beds is a breeze thanks to the loosely packed loam. If you decide to stop using the compost in the corral it'll disappear in a year or two.
It's sunny and cool on this black Friday with a sky littered with whispy high altitude clouds. The hounds are laying belly up on the sunny side of the house that also blocks the chilly breeze out of the north. Autumn is such a nice time of year here.
Just as I supplement my diet with pill shaped vitamins, I feed my lawn with chemicals. I either borrow this from my neighbor,
Or I use a connect to the hose spray like this one. Actually I am not particular to the brand.
I use a similar method for killing mosquitos, the application takes only minutes.
I guess I am fortunate that I am on septic, and a good part of my back yard might be leach field. The grass almost never needs watering. Most of my lawn is zoysia and it is draught resistant. The portion under a large Maple tree has a different kind of grass growing under it. I guess it is more shade tolerant. It does get some sunlight later in the afternoon. So I don't have any barren, dustbowl spots.
The front lawn occasionally needs some additional water to keep it green during a draught because it gets sun all day long. I don't think I water it even six times a year.