It may be the end of the peak leaf season, however, did you know that continually removing leaves throughout winter is necessary?
Keep Your Lawn Happy Through Leaf Cleanup
A couple of leaves here or there do not affect your lawn, but allowing leaves to pile up or accumulate around your yard can kill your grass. When your lawn is covered up by leaves its not receiving an adequate amount of sunlight and oxygen. These two elements are essential if grass plants are to successfully grow. In addition, as the leaves become wet and remain settled, it fosters a highly fungal susceptible environment. Leaves often offer excellent nests for rodents and snakes, which people generally want to avoid in their yard.
Use a Leaf Blower
The staff at Apple Valley Eco Landscapes uses a mixture of leaf blowers and rakes to remove the leaves from our customer’s property. We gather leaves and light debris in the lawn and bed areas, and then blow the leaves to natural areas and, if accessible, curbside municipal pick-ups.
Mulch Leaves Instead of Raking
Many people prefer mulching their leaves instead of raking them. Mulching leaves in small quantities can add nutrients to your lawn and soil. A leaf mulcher is the best way to mulch leaves. This enables you to mulch your leaves into smaller bits and makes it easier to scatter them into various areas. However, not everyone has a leaf mulcher on hand.
Another possibility of leaf removal is by mowing them instead of raking them, this method, however, is only beneficial when leaves haven’t built up. If you have small amounts of leaves in your lawn you can mulch them using your mower and thus creating a natural fertilizer. Once again, we do not recommend this method if your leaves have been built up. You will only make a mess of both your yard and your mower.
How to Compost Leaves
A great addition to your compost pile is leaves. Composting will help benefit your lawn a lot. Consider turning any leaves you’re raking or blowing into reusable compost. The leaves add to an organic layer to your compost mix that can also include food scraps, paper and more. Several times a week you should turn compost piles or you can also use a compost container with an easy rotating crank. Grass clippings are another great addition to your compost. So if you’re mowing your lawn to mulch your leaves you can also toss all of your clippings into the composter.
If you need any help with raking wet leaves or don’t have access to the best leaf blower you can either fill out our contact us form here or call us at (405) 531-9105 either for more tips or your free consultation.