Fall is a wonderful time of year. The cool crisp air, the changing leaves, sweaters and cozy blankets can’t be beat.
Everything about fall is just wonderful, right?
Well, not exactly. If you have large trees in your yard you know that all those beautiful red, orange and yellow leaves eventually fall and make their way to your lawn. Whether you have learned the hard way or have yet to experience these leaves on your lawn, it’s important to take care of them properly.
Why are fall leaves bad? When they fall, these leaves create a barrier on top of your lawn. Instead of your lawn getting the last little bit of moisture and sunlight it needs before winter, the leaves block these things out, stifling it the blades of grass. The leaves also keep insects and disease trapped in your lawn.
Any one of these things could prove harmful come springtime, but the combination is downright deadly to even the healthiest lawn on the block. The last thing you want to do is leave your blanket of fall leaves on your lawn. How do you keep fall leaves from ruining your lawn?
5 Ways To Protect Your Lawn From Leaves
The first thing you should do is stay on top of the raking. As the leaves continue to fall, don’t wait to get them off of the ground.
Mowing your lawn until the first frost will help keep your root system healthy as well as help keep your lawn clear of leaves. Your lawn mower should suck up the straggler leaves in to your bag that you may have missed raking or shred them up enough to be deposited back onto your lawn.
Fall leaves can actually have help your lawn, when applied correctly. When mulched, or finely chopped, the leaves won’t have the damaging, blanket effect. In fact, they can give back some of the nutrients as a natural fertilizer for your lawn.
Call a Professional
Life can get very hectic, especially when you may have other home projects that need to be accomplished before the first snow. If you simply don’t have time to rake fall leaves every few days, there is always the option to hire a professional. My All Green will help maintain the health of your lawn throughout the fall so that it can thrive in the summer months ahead. Besides keeping your lawn clear of fall leaves, My All Green offers late fall fertilization treatments to further help your lawn.
Check the Rest of Your Yard
While you’re out checking your lawn for fall leaves, be sure you are also watching for leaves that may have clogged any storm drains or are collecting around your home. Not only are fall leaves a threat to your lawn, if they are clogging up important drainage systems around your home they can be a threat to that too.
Although beautiful, it is important to properly take care of the fall leaves all around your home and on your lawn during the fall season.
If you have any additional questions about how you can protect your lawn from leaves, contact All Green Pest Control & Lawn Care and find your answers today.