Beautiful leaves, falling all over your yard, clogging your gutters and generally making a big mess of things.
It’s not a romantic view of autumn, but it’s a realistic one. Those colorful bursts of yellow, red and orange fall leaves that look stunning on your maples and aspens are less attractive piled up on your lawn and sidewalks. Eventually fall leaves shrivel up, turn brown and start blowing around the neighborhood.
If you’re lucky, they’ll all blow next door. If you’re unlucky, the next-door neighbors’ leaves will blow over to your yard.
So just to be sure, you’d better rake them up. Right?
Bob Vila says no. And you know Bob Vila wouldn’t lie to you.
Fall Leaves Cover Plants
If you’re a gardener at all, you probably know some leaves are good for some spots in your garden. On top of bulbs, for instance, like tulips or daffodils, they act as a sort of insulator. Or in other spots in your garden, they help deter weed growth.
But if you leave a thick carpet of fall leaves over your entire lawn, you could kill the grass. And if you get a lot of rain, the leaves can turn from light and fluffy to heavy and wet, crushing the life out of anything underneath and infesting it with mold.
Raking and Leaf Blowing
Raking can be an exhausting chore, especially if you have a large piece of land. An entire afternoon of raking is rarely enough to clear even a small property, and when darkness falls, you’re left not with the satisfaction of a job well done, but blisters on your fingers and leaves in your hair.
Leaf blowers are noisy and smelly and fill the air with pollutants. Some claim the extreme blasts of wind can injure plants and grass, too.
What to do?
Mulch Those Fall Leaves
No, don’t put mulch down. Mulch your leaves! Go over them with your lawnmower, and your leaves will be nicely shredded and will actually help your grass. As these tiny leaf pieces rot, they act as a sort of compost for your lawn. These mulched fall leaves are good for the worms, the worms are good for your soil, and the quality of your soil is directly related to the quality of your lawn.
Mulching can even increase nitrogen in your lawn, preempting the need to fertilize.
The one caveat here is that you might need to do this job a number of times before snow begins to fly. If you wait until all the leaves have fallen, your mulch covering will be too thick. You must make a few passes with your mower, mulching a batch of fall leaves every week or two.
It’s work, but the difference is, no blisters and a nice, clean lawn when you’re done!
If you don’t have the time to mulch your leaves or get your yard ready for the upcoming winter, call Earthworks Landscaping. We can put your lawn and gardens to bed for the winter so they’ll wake up refreshed and happy when spring rolls around.
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