Why Leave Leaves on Ground?
Having to deal with piles of leaves can be very inconvenient. You might have to walk through a couple of inches of leaves and wonder why you’re doing this chore. The first thing you should know is that you should remove leaves at least one to three times a year – ideally, a few weeks before the snow begins to fall. Leaf piles are a perfect breeding ground for a variety of pests, including snakes, which can bite a person if they are not careful.
While it’s tempting to haul leaves away, they are an unnecessary expense and contribute to climate change. Additionally, raking leaves into piles and transferring them to bags is not only inconvenient, it also robs your garden of nutrients and destroys the habitat for wildlife. Fortunately, there’s another option: letting fallen leaves decompose naturally. Aside from saving money on mulch, allowing leaves to decompose is better for the environment.
Besides providing food for birds and other insects, decomposing leaves help the soil to retain more moisture. These organic materials also serve as natural mulch, returning valuable nutrients back to the soil. The problem with raking leaves is that they often smother one part of your yard with leaf matter. Fortunately, some of these plants benefit from this decomposition process as they provide homes for important insect species. There are many other benefits to allowing your leaves to decompose in the open – and it’s not only good for you.
The best day to remove leaves is before the first snowfall. Leaves can have beneficial benefits for your lawn and add to the beauty of your interior space. However, trimming leaves is a process that needs to be performed carefully. For this task, you can invest in a good clipper. In addition to raking, you can also use a leaf blower or a rake to chop up leaves. These tools will help you get rid of leaves and turn them into mulch for your lawn.
To prevent injury, you should wear protective gear and wear proper footwear. A sturdy tarp can help you keep your body from slipping. Avoid bending at the waist when raking leaves, because this can cause serious injury. Wear sunscreen, as cooler temperatures do not mean lower sun rays. Take frequent breaks, and use a secure ladder. If you need to reach high places, use a sturdy ladder, and don’t extend your body too far.
Leaves are also beneficial for your lawn. Falling leaves will enrich the soil, reduce erosion, and feed your lawn. You won’t need to add any fertilizer to your lawn once the leaves decompose. Plus, these fallen leaves will cover vulnerable root systems, preserve the soil moisture and suppress weeds. So, removing leaves during autumn is a good idea. If you’re unable to prevent falling leaves from ruining your yard, it’s best to leave them in your yard.
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