As enjoyable as the added touch of color that fall brings may be, it can also bring its own issues. First, your leaves will turn amazing shades of red, gold, and bronze. Next thing you know, though, they’re falling off of trees and covering up your beautiful landscape, which can cause issues if left unresolved and could even kill your grass.
That said, there are ways to clean up all of those leaves efficiently. You don’t need to pick up each individual leaf, but taking some steps to address the problem will go a long way. We’re going to break down some ways you can tackle leaf cleanup, leaf composting, and how your landscape may be negatively impacted if you don’t.
Why Leaves Can Cause Damage
People assume that dead leaves will be good for their landscape as they decompose. This couldn’t be further from the truth. If leaves cover significant amounts of your lawn, they begin to smother your grass which prevents future growth. If more than 10 or 20% of your lawn is covered in leaves, that may indicate that it’s time to start raking them up. Keep reading for a few more tips on how you can remove leaves from your lawn though!
How to Compost Fallen Leaves
Composing leaves can be positive for your soil. If you let a small amount decompose on your lawn, it could do good things for your landscape. However, if you collect leaves and want to compost them, you need to create a compost bin or pile for them to properly decompose and become useful again.
You can add additional organic matter like grass clippings or food waste to kickstart the process and use the compost to add to your mulch later on down the road.
Best Methods to Remove Leaves
Using a rake is one of the most well-known ways to remove dead leaves from a landscape, but it’s certainly not the only way. It might come as a surprise but we recommend trying a mower. A mulching mower will help tear those leaves up and effectively decompose into your soil, creating plenty of natural mulch to grow your lawn. You could also use a mower bag to compost it somewhere else.
One last tip: if you’re using a rake, put a tarp down for easy collection. From there, you can dump it into a compost pile or into a trash can.
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