Cleaning Up Your Leaves
While leaves provide beauty and shade during the summer, they bring a mess and the risk of damaging your lawn in the fall. Sure, the changing color of leaves is a spectacular sight, but when they fall to the ground your lawn is capable of developing snow mold and excessive fungus growth. Some leaves take longer to decompose, such as beech and oak leaves, and if they are left on your lawn for too long, they can completely kill your grass.
Besides the risk of snow mold, your lawn could possibly suffocate. If leaves are left on your lawn throughout the winter, the grass below the leaves may not get enough water or air, or it may have too much water trapped below them. This will likely cause the suffocation of the root system and/or a destructive form of a fungal disease.
Leaves can also be a breeding ground for unwanted insects such as ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes. Even worse, mice may nest in fallen leaves, and no one wants a mouse close to their home, seeking shelter for the winter.
Leaves can be reused in many ways. They can be composted and later used in gardens and plant beds. Compost provides many benefits for plant growth. You can also use a mulching lawn mower to go over the leaves. The mower chops them up, and when they get break down into the soil it will improve the health of your lawn.
Whether you rake the leaves, use an electric or gas powered leaf blower, use a power mower to tackle the job, or hire professionals to get it done for you, be sure that a fall leaf removal is on your schedule.