Have you been debating if you should forgo leaf raking until the Springtime? If you haven’t been mowing over your leaves (Read my blog post on leaf mulching) then your lawn probably has a blanket of leaves by now.
If you have an oak or a beech tree, it will take longer for these leaves to decompose if left on your lawn. It’s okay to leave some leaves here and there, but if you just “let it be” your lawn may suffer. Unless you are trying to mimic a natural forest in your landscape then here are the reasons why raking your leaves would prove beneficial:
1. Curb appeal – Your landscape will look a lot nicer coming into December and it will make you feel better because now you can enjoy the upcoming Holidays and winter season. Also, your neighbors will be glad you did.
2. Improved air circulation – When fallen leaves are left on the ground it blocks the sunlight and water from entering the grassroots. In the wintertime, your lawn still needs these vital nutrients.
3. Opportunity for sunlight in normally shady areas – In the summertime there are some areas of your lawn that cannot get sunlight because the tree canopy is blocking the light. However, when there are no leaves on the trees, these normally shaded areas will finally benefit from some rays.
4. Great compost – If you shred the leaves and put them in a compost bin you will end up with plant food for your garden. If you want to read more about composting leaves here’s a link on composting.
5. No pests – A bundle of leaves will be a great hiding spot for rodents and insects (especially grubs).
6. No fungus – A thick layer of leaves combined with snow and rain will cause fungus and rot. Not a nice combination for your lawn.
7. No low spots – Leaves left to overwinter will cause indentations on your lawn and will have to be filled with dirt to make it even again.
8. Reduced costs – If leaves are left to overwinter you may have to spend extra money on repairing your lawn. This could mean core aeration to break up the soil or adding some compost and seeds where there are dead spots.
9. Exercise and family time – Raking leaves is a good way to get some exercise before the Holidays. It’s also a nice way to get the family outside and have a leaf party.
Do you plan on raking your leaves this year or are you waiting for the Spring?
If you don’t feel like tackling this project or just don’t have the time feel free to give us a call!
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