Raking leaves is a chore that has been passed down through the generations. While the thought of diving into a pile of freshly raked leaves will always attract the young and old, it is important those leaves get picked up and moved off your lawn. It isn’t all about making your lawn look better, although, a clean yard is certainly a huge reason for raking those leaves, there are a few other reasons. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has the tools you need to clean up your fall yard.
Reasons to remove those leaves are as follows:
- Leaves that sit on the lawn all winter create a thick blanket! Unfortunately, the blanket of leaves can kill the grass below. It is essentially the same as leaving an actual blanket or piece of wood on the lawn for a long period of time. With that said, you can run a mulcher or mow through your leaf pile and allow the small pieces of leaves to sit on your lawn to provide a nice organic feed.
- If a thick pile of leaves is left on the lawn and there is snow on top of those leaves (especially in shady areas) in the spring, when new grass blades should be erupting, they could be smothered.
- Leaves are an organic mulch, but too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Leaves invite beneficial bugs as well as pests that can damage the roots of your lawn and leave unsightly brown patches.
- Northwest lawns are typically made up of “cool weather” grasses, which gain their strength in the fall. If the grass cannot get sunlight to replenish the nutrients in the roots, your lawn will be much weaker and susceptible to disease in the spring.
After you have had your fun in the leaves, it is time to get busy and move them to a compost pile or as a garden cover. Head into Greenwood Hardware today to pick up the tools you need to clean those leaves off your lawn. Come on in, or contact us today.