Surely, you remember pulling a rake over your parent’s lawn to earn a dollar or two in fall. Or maybe you just remember playing in piles of leaves after all the work was done. Regardless, the raking of leaves is more than just tradition, it’s a smart move for the health of your lawn. Without raking, your lawn is susceptible to damage, especially if leaves are left for the entirety of the winter months. Here’s are a few reasons why those seemingly harmless leaves can wreak havoc on your lawn:
Mold can be a real pain for your lawn, and given the right conditions, it can spread like wildfire over the surface and through the roots of your grass. When you leave leaves on your lawn, you’re preparing the perfect conditions for mold to thrive. A layer of leaves hold moisture and they regulate the temperature, which means that mold can move in. Stave off mold by ridding your yard of pesky leaves.
There are all sorts of pests that are attracted to leafs. From mice to ants, and crickets to termites, your yard can become host to a variety of “wildlife” that you’d probably prefer to keep away from your abode. Termites can be the most problematic pests, and we’re not just talking about your lawn — termites can start a colony by consuming the cellulose in the leaves on your lawn, and eventually, they may make their way into your home, where they can devour wood structure by the pound. It’s an easy solution to keep your property pest free: Just rake up those leaves.
Leaves can choke grass throughout your lawn. Your grass thrives on the carbon dioxide in the air, and when leaves cake the entire surface of your yard, your grass may be choking. Get rid of the leaves and give your grass a breath of fresh air.
Similarly, grass needs sunlight. Leaves obviously obstruct that sunlight. Even during fall, your lawn is growing, and it depends on sunlight to remain healthy. So give your grass a kiss of sun this autumn; rake those leaves.
Thatch Hinders New Growth
When you let leaves pile up, they can get heavy and matted, making a thatch that can weigh down your grass. That provides poor conditions for new grass to grow, which means that your lawn may be less lush the coming spring. Encourage the next generation of grass to grow; get rid of thatch-causing leaves.
What You Can Do
Fortunately, the solutions are simple. Remove your leaves, or mow them (leaf particles dissolve into the earth rather quickly, and they won’t harm your grass). Also, if you’re concerned about thatch, consider aerating your yard every spring and fall.
If you live here in the Greensboro or Asheboro area, you can count on your local lawn care experts for leaf removal, lawn mowing, and aeration. Learn more about all of our landscaping services, and give us a call today if you need to get those leaves under control!