It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning; many having already hit the ground, and if you're anything like the rest of us, making time to get out there and clean up your yard is an easy procrastination. However, leaves left for prolonged periods of time can prove to be more detrimental than one might think. Below are a few reasons why fall clean-ups are important to get done sooner than later.
Lawns Need to Breathe
Remember your lawn is a living, breathing thing. When the leaves drop in the fall they can start to suffocate your lawn. Heavy leaf cover will make it hard for sunlight to get to your lawn, and without sunlight grass can’t go through the photosynthesis cycle to produce the chlorophyll it needs to stay green and healthy. Heavy leaf cover can also produce mold, and other diseases which can affect the health of your lawn especially in the spring if left under snow cover. However, small amount of leaves can be a great food source when properly mulched back into your lawn.
New England’s Forestry Promotes Acidic Soil
It is also just as important to make sure pine needles are removed off your property. Pine needles are very acidic which can lower your soil pH and make it harder for your turf stand to uptake the nutrients it needs to make it through winter. It is not recommended to mulch pine needles.
Pests Love Tree Debris
Common pests such as ticks, mosquitoes, and spiders love to take cover in and around fallen leaves, and tree branches. The first step to natural pest control on your property is removing debris from your lawn and creating a clean and clear delineation between the surrounding woods-line and lawn. Ticks and other pests have a hard time surviving the winter in a well maintained turf stand and will naturally make their way to the edge of the property to seek out protection from the elements.
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