The fall season is amazing, isn’t it? The leaves of the trees are starting to turn red and yellow as they begin to fall all around us, leaving a beautiful carpet behind as if they were naturally decorating the world as they have always done it.
Even though the scenery can be pleasant elsewhere it can also be a little annoying when it is right in our backyard. Having all those leaves scattered around may not be as enjoyable, especially because you’re probably thinking, “oh great, I’m the one that’s going to end up cleaning all those up.” Before you decide to throw them in the garbage, I have 3 easy lawn care tips for you that will make your lawn very happy.
- Watch out for particular kinds of leaves: As you know, composting is greatly beneficial for your lawn, and the fall is the time when that ancient bond between sky and soil takes part, so fear not of being a part of that contract. For your lawn to get the most out of the season, you need to be on the lookout for the appropriate leaves; maple, birch, ash, beech and fruit trees are just ideal, whereas oak leaves may not be as good because they can be a little too acidic.
- Shredding is the name of the game: Leaving the leaves to rot on your lawn, doesn’t work like a fertilizer. Left as-is, the leaves block out important oxygen and sunlight from the soil. Composting leaves works best if you shred them using a shredder or ridging mower. Try not to pile on your leaves too heavy either, your lawn will not absorb the necessary nutrients from them and, as you probably know, they can turn into a soggy mess.
- Keep it together: Leaves need to heat up and decompose, so it is best if you keep them together and you turn them every now and then with a pitchfork or a similar tool. You can ask your Lawn care specialist to build a temporary compost area in the middle of your garden, so that your lawn gets all the benefits of this natural process.
If your lawn is looking rather drab this time of year, it’s not too late to preserve it before winter strikes! Contact us Grasshopper Lawns to help. We offer an arrange of lawn care services to ensure your lawn is in the best shape it can be.