Landworks lawn care company provides services that are important in the fall, including leaf cleanup and mulching, throughout Shawnee, Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park, Leawood, Prairie Village, and all of Johnson County, KS. Autumn leaves piling up on your lawn are pretty now, but can mean trouble later if not cleared away. A little work now will help ensure a healthy, lush lawn in the spring.
Why Is It Important To Clean Up Leaves Off My Turf?
A lawn care company like Landworks removes excessive leaf matter from your lawn for several reasons. Left where they fall, leaves can smother the turfgrass and hold in moisture all winter, promoting mold and mildew. Insects and small animals love to use fallen leaves as cover, so damage to your turf from pests is a bigger problem when leaf matter is allowed to winter in place. Leaves still covering the grass in the spring will inhibit turf growth. Clearing away the leaves on your lawn lets the sunshine in and allows oxygen supply to the roots, helping to prevent brown spots.
How Often Does A Lawn Care Company Clean Up Leaves?
The most important point with fall cleanup is that the leaf matter is not covering too large a portion of the turfgrass. Ten to twenty percent coverage of your lawn might be okay, but it is time to clean up again when any more than that accumulates.
What Does A Lawn Care Company Do With The Leaf Matter?
Raking isn’t the only way to deal with fallen leaves. A lawn care company may suggest mulching, meaning mincing leaves to shreds with your lawnmower, as long as there aren’t too many leaves on your turf. Mulching is both easy and great for the health of your lawn. Decomposing leaves enhance the soil with valuable nutrients that feed the microbes and worms that help your turf stay lush and healthy. Plus, compared with raking, mulching leaves is much less work.
How To Create Mulch With Your Lawnmower
Many mowers have mulching capability built in, but you can also easily add a serrated blade specially designed for mulching leaves to a conventional, non-mulching mower. Neither is strictly necessary, however. Any type of lawnmower can mulch leaves, it just may take a couple of extra passes to do the job thoroughly. Whatever type of mower you are using, set the blade to its highest setting and remove the bag that collects clippings.
Proceed to mow over the leaves, cutting them into shreds that are about a half-inch in diameter (more or less the size of a dime). It might take more than one pass to get the shreds to the desired size, depending on the volume of leaves you are mulching. The leaf shreds should fall between the blades of grass so that you can see most of the lawn when you are finished. You may need to collect some of the excess leaf matter, which can then be added to garden beds or compost.
Fall lawn care services from Landworks will help ensure lush, green turf come spring. For more information about residential or commercial lawn care services, click here or call Landworks at (913) 422-9300.