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