Grass needs light to thrive. When those colorful Autumn leaves cover the ground, the sunshine is blocked out, and grass cannot grow like it normally would. Therefore, the grass dies off, and the dead and decaying leaves sit on the ground for a long time, holding moisture and creating a dead turf zone.
Here are a few reasons leaf removal is important for your lawn’s overall health.
Dead leaves can create a perfect environment for diseases to grow. While a few scattered leaves on the lawn won’t do much harm, a heavy thick layer will. Leaves left in place over the winter often become compacted and cause extensive damage to your lawn, leading to increased costs and maintenance in the Spring.
Increases Efficiency of Irrigation and Drainage
Clogged drains can be time-consuming and expensive to correct. Leaves and debris must be removed from drains and other irrigated areas to allow proper drainage for the upcoming winter snow. Wet leaves are also slippery and can become a hazard to your safety if they are not removed.
Helps Prevent Thatch Buildup
Thatch is a layer of dead grass, leaves, and other organic matter that can block sunlight and prevent water from reaching the roots of your grass. When organic matter builds up, it creates a suitable environment for harmful weeds and pests. When thatch becomes too thick, you’ll need to have it removed by a professional. Leaf removal will prevent you from having to spend money on expensive treatments or completely re-sodding your lawn in the future.
Leaf mulching and removal are important ways to keep your lawn in good condition. You’re grinding up leaves and returning some nutrients and organic matter to the lawn with mulching. Mulching should be done when leaves are dry rather than wet and matted down.
VistaPro Landscape & Design can remove dead leaves, twigs, and other unsightly debris from your yard. Leaf removal is important for preventing damage to your lawn, shrubs, and plants throughout the winter.