Leaves falling from trees is a natural process that happens every autumn. While it may be compelling to just leave the leaves in your yard for the winter, you need to clean them up if you want a healthy lawn in spring. Leaving leaves on the lawn prevents the sun from reaching grasses and can result in bacteria, mold, pests, and weeds.
You can clean up your yard until most of the leaves have fallen; otherwise, you'll have to do it a couple of times throughout the season. In this guide, we will give you tips on dealing with leaves like a pro. Let's get started!
Blow Leaves For Easy Disposal
You can pick up a few fall leaves, but a bunch of them require a leaf blower. It is the best tool for removing leaves off driveways, walks, decks, and large yards. To make disposal easy, put a large tarp on the ground and blow the leaves towards it. You can then drag the tarp with leaves to the disposal area. Or you can blow them towards the lawn area where you can chop them or into the planting beds for mulch.
Mulch The Leaves
Mulching is an excellent way to improve your soil quality and reduce the time you spend raking fall leaves. If you want a quick way to mulch leaves, use a lawnmower. If your leaves are small, simply rake them onto the planting beds. For larger leaves, chop them into small flakes with a mulching mower. This will allow the leaves to decompose more quickly.
Mulching leaves will also get your yard ready for winter. The leaves will keep your soil insulated and help to improve its quality. So go ahead and mulch those leaves, and your garden will thank you.
Vacuum Hard-To-Rake Areas
Suck up twigs, fall leaves, and other debris into a vacuum bag, then grind it for composting. A leaf vacuum is a perfect alternative for raking in hard-to-rake areas like shrubs or flower beds. Some leaf blowers also have vacuum functions that can mince the leaves.
Make Compost Material Using Leaves
Fall is a perfect season to collect leaves to use as compost material. Leaves are high in carbon and can help balance the nitrogen levels in your compost pile. Adding leaves to your compost pile will help break down organic matter and create nutrient-rich soil for your garden. Composting leaves also helps reduce yard waste and is good for the environment. So next time you're raking leaves, save them up and put them to good use in your compost pile!