Asked April 08, 2021, 1:21 PM EDT
Olmsted County Minnesota
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I recommend gently brushing the leaves off emerging plants and leaving them on the soil as a mulch through the growing season. They'll breakdown soon enough. Saves time raking and hauling and keeps plant materials on-site. If leaves are really deep, remove all but a few inches.