The Importance of a Fall Clean-Up

fall clean-upThe first sign that fall is coming is the beautiful and colorful leaves on the trees. Eventually those leaves do fall off the trees creating a fun play environment for children and pets. However, it also means hours of work cleaning them up. As labor intense as it may be to clean-up and dispose of all these leaves, it is a necessary evil.

Why do you need to clean-up those leaves?

Leaving the leaves creates several problems for your lawn.

  • Leaves on the lawn deprive grass plants of needed sunlight. This will cause brown patches and/or dead patches in the lawn.
  • Leaves on the lawn suffocate the lawn by depriving the turf of vital oxygen.
  • Leaves on the lawn trap moisture within the turf which can create fungus issues.

Leaf clean-up in just one aspect in assuring that your yard looks its best come next spring. A complete fall clean-up is the key to preparing your landscape for a long winters nap and ensuring that it awakes happy and healthy in the spring. No one likes a cranky yard 🙂

What else is important in a final fall clean-up?

  • The lawn should be mowed shorter than normal (around 3 inches) to prevent fungus problems.
  • Trim and shape hedges and shrubs one last time for a neat winter appearance and to prevent snow and ice damage.
  • Dead wood or cross branches should be pruned to eliminate the chance of pest issues.
  • Remove all leaves, branches, twigs and debris from lawn and planting beds.
  • Perennial flowers should be “dead-headed” to promote growth in the spring.
  • Mulch should be turned and roughed up for a neat appearance and to eliminate any mold that may be setting in.
  • Fall fertilizer high in natural phosphorus should be applied to promote healthy turf growth in the spring.

Putting in the time or money for a proper fall clean-up will not only pay off come spring with a beautiful and healthy yard but will also have things looking great for those Christmas lights and decorations.

fall clean-upBilly Goat Lawn Care does complete fall clean-ups at very reasonable rates.

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