May 14, 2015

How to take care of those pesky leaves

landscaping leaves yard maintenanceIf you have ever tried to rake leaves on a breezy fall day, you have probably gained a great appreciation for those neat piles of leaves you see in the yards of people who have somehow mastered the art of leaf-raking. How have they mastered the power to control the wind? Raking leaves does not require any special powers or abilities. All they have that you don’t is follow basic lawn raking principles that will have you clearing your lawn of leaves in a snap.

Master the wind, don’t fight it – If you think about it, it’s really quite simple. Working against the wind when raking leaves is a surefire way to end up frustrated and leaving your lawn covered in fall debris. Watching the direction your leaves blow thus figuring out which way the wind is blowing, and then rake them into the furthest corner of your lawn in that direction.

It’s Fall, let them fall – This is to say, let them fall on your lawn until the tree has dropped its last leaf. Then rake them all into a pile. A good idea is to rake footpaths, as walking on leaves can crush them and make them harder to clean up when the time comes.

Buy a New Rake – The person raking is only as good as his or her rake, as the saying might go. Rakes with bent and missing prongs will just cause more work for you, so invest the money and get an effective rake.

Let them dry – Raking the leaves when they are wet is difficult, generally fruitless, and can actually damage your lawn by tearing up the grass and soil along with the leaves as you struggle to lift them while still soggy. Dry leaves are lighter and can be brushed into a pile with the help of the motion of the air that occurs when you swing the rake.

Or use them as fertilizer – Leaves are an excellent source of nutrition for growing plants. Instead of just leaving your leaves in a pile on your lawn, you can rip them up, mix them with soil and add them to the bases of the trees and shrubs on your lawn. If you are looking for a more time-efficient solution, you can also just dump them in the compost.

If you have any other questions about your lawn, don’t hesitate to call your areas lawn care company.