So yes, you can leave the leaves. The leaves will serve as mulch and will protect the soil around your trees, shrubs, or garden. Research done at Michigan State actually shows that leaving the leaves on your yard in such a manner not only does your lawn no harm; it can actually impede weed growth.
Similarly, it is asked, can I use a lawn mower to mulch leaves?
Mowers that can mulch, side-discharge, and bag are particularly adept at leaf removal. You can do it a few different ways. First, there's side discharge. Use this method if you want to mulch leaves back into the yard or chop them into fine particles that you'll pick up later with the mower and the bag.
Can I mow the lawn with leaves?
Use a grass catcher to gather leaves as you mow over them. You also can allow leaf pieces to decompose in place on the lawn. To do this, chop leaves into dime-size pieces. Depending on how large leaves are and how deep the layer is, you may need to mow over them several times to chop them small enough.
Are leaves bad for your lawn?
Excessive leaf matter on your lawn going into winter is bad for several reasons. First, it will smother the grass and if not removed very soon in the spring it will inhibit growth. Second, it can promote the snow mold diseases. And finally, turf damage from critters (voles, mice) can be more extensive in the spring.