Let’s face it, there are times that all of us just get too busy and let things slide longer than we should have. Maybe it’s remembering to buy a present for your relative’s rapidly approaching birthday, or finally getting around to putting those shelves up after you bought them two years ago. It often seems like there just isn’t enough time to get everything you want to done.
This is something that often rings true when it comes to making sure you rake the leaves off your lawn in fall and winter each year. Especially when the holidays were approaching and you had a million and one things to take care of, neglecting to rake the never-ending pile of leaves off your lawn every day is completely understandable.
But now that the days are staying bright for longer and the weather is starting to cheer up, you’re probably starting to think about really getting back outside and making the most of your garden again. The only issue is: have all those dead leaves you left on your lawn caused any lasting damage you now have to deal with?
There is no simple answer to this question, but a general rule to follow is that you should always try to clear the leaves off your lawn or at least prevent them from building up into a heavy layer that completely covers your lawn.
This is because a thick layer of leaves prevents your lawn from being able to breathe, and also blocks its access to sunlight and water.
So, because the fallen leaves can block your lawn from receiving the vital nutrients it needs, this can lead to dead and dry patches spreading across your lawn.
Luckily, if you have only left your lawn this way for one season, then it shouldn’t cause any lasting damage, and should recover by itself. However, if you have allowed leaves to pile up over many years, the damage may be more severe and need professional help to rectify.
If you live close to a lot of trees then, it is important to make sure you clear the leaves as you go. Conversely, if you live in an area where only a few leaves fall on your lawn, then the fallen leaves won’t do any harm, and could actually benefit your lawn as they rot and turn to mulch.
The best thing to do with the fallen leaves on your lawn is to make them work for you. By collecting the fallen leaves, shredding them and adding them to your compost pile, or pile them up by themselves and water them until they turn into leaf mold, both of which are excellent fertilizers for your garden.
Be sure to visit Grasshopper Lawns and look at our full range of lawn care services if you live in the Scranton Wilkes Barre area and your lawn is in need of some love, care and attention!