Fall is certainly my favorite time of the year. Cooler weather, hayrides, apple cider, bonfires, and a crispness to the air. Probably the best part of all is the changing color of leaves. From brilliant yellows and oranges to deep fiery reds—they are a sight to behold.
But as beautiful as fall leaves may be, once they start falling, you should be reluctant to let them sit on your lawn for too long. Fallen leaves can cause a handful of problems for your landscape. If enough leaves build up, they can suffocate the grass and prevent sunlight from reaching your lawn. This can severely damage your grass or even kill it. Wet leaves can also attract pests and other diseases that can be harmful to your lawn.
Following are several recommendations for removing leaves from your lawn this fall:
- Mulch your leaves. If it’s early in the season and you only have a light scattering of leaves, this is by far the easiest and best solution. Shredded leaves will break down quickly and will add much needed nutrients back into the soil, reducing the need for fertilizer and building soil tilth.
- Rake or use a leaf blower. Raking is hard work, no doubt about it. But if a thick layer of leaves has accumulated, you’ll want to use a rake or leaf blower. Mowing at this point can cause damage to your mower and can add too many mulched leaves back to your lawn. After you’ve had your fun jumping into the leaf pile, the debris can be bagged for collection. Most cities offer leaf collection services in the fall as part of their regularly scheduled trash routes. You can find information on Indianapolis leaf collection services here.
- Compost your leaves. Using leaves and grass clippings to make compost is a great way to recycle and reuse organic debris. Nitrogen produced by the grass clippings helps to accelerate the composting process. You’ll want to keep the compost mix damp and turn it every few weeks until winter arrives. Compost can then be used in the spring to fertilize your flower beds.
When large quantities of leaves accumulate, it may be tempting to burn them. However, this should never be done. Not only is it illegal in many areas, leaf burning causes air pollution and is a health and fire hazard. Leaves, particularly moist leaves, tend to burn longer and create more smoke. Burning leaves also gives off particles and chemicals that can irritate your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. Some of the off-gassing chemicals created are even considered carcinogenic.
Enjoy the fall foliage while it lasts. And if you have questions about leaf removal and other landscape services, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 317.575.1100 or simply fill out the form below.