Why You Should Remove Leaves and Debris From Your Yard

Raking leavesIt’s that time of year again. The weather is getting colder. The days are getting gloomier. Thankfully there are some pretty leaves to look at on the trees. Oh wait– they’re falling off the trees. Now they’re on the ground. Your lawn is covered in them. Maybe the kids want to jump in them. Might the wind blow them all away? Or is it time to rake and mow?

Potential Mold Problems

Why is it important to remove fall leaves and debris from your yard? Well, if you leave that stuff on your lawn, guess what could form? Mold! Do you want a moldy lawn that’s ruined for next year? No, you do not.

Ensuring Your Grass Can “Breathe”

If you choose to not rake up and remove the leaves on your lawn, problems like snow mold and brown patch could happen. Meanwhile, your grass won’t be able to “breathe” as the layer of leaves blocks both water and air flow. The more matted down the lawn gets, thanks to heavy, wet, moldy leaves, the harder it is for grass blades to pop up in the spring. Furthermore, clumps of old leaves on the lawn invite pests and disease.

It’s Good For Your Soil

It’s a good idea to rake leaves because this helps aerate the lawn and soil. Think of it as a refreshing thing to do– kind of like running a comb through dirty hair. You can also use your lawn mower to shred leaves — and when the leaves are cut up into tiny little pieces, they’ll serve as free fertilizer for your lawn.

Some people have so many leaves fall on their lawn that they hire a professional company to come remove them. If that’s you, don’t procrastinate. You should make sure they’re gone before the snow flies come November and December. It’s best to call about a week ahead to schedule leaf removal, in order to give a company a “heads up” that their services are needed– since chances are this is the busiest time of the year for them.

It’s a good idea to continue to mow your lawn right up until the first frost. This helps keep grass healthy.

If you have any questions about leaves and trees, contact New Jersey’s Big Foot Tree Service today at 973-885-8000.

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