Once we move away from the warmer and longer days and into the cooler and wetter weather, it is easy to develop a love/hate relationship with the changes to our garden, most notably leaves. As amazing as they may look on the trees, they can provide some small issues to your lawn that are well worth being aware of.
In our latest article, the UKLCA takes a look at the importance of leaf collection and what associated benefits it has.
As the leaves begin to fall, you may decide that they start to make your lawn look untidy. Which yes may be true, but also excessive amounts of leaves can have a negative effect on your lawn’s health. This is due to them covering up new grass shoots, but also limiting your lawn from taking in key nutrients.
Other complications that may occur include the following:
During the autumn and winter months of the year, new pests will rear their head so being prepared for them is a must. Leaf litter in itself may promote these pests to be attracted to your lawn, and with the increased chances of mould/disease, your lawn is most definitely in for a tougher winter.
A heavy layer of leaves on your lawn for a prolonged period will undoubtedly limit the amount of light and oxygen that your lawn can attract. Even throughout the Autumn and Winter months, it is key for your lawn to take in such nutrients to maintain its look.
The number of times a month in which you need to clear your lawn of leaves will be solely dependent on where you live, and how close you are to trees. It may seem like a chore during the colder months of the year, but what is clear is that by doing this your lawn will have a healthier start once the Spring comes around again.
Other than the more obvious answers of putting them into your waste bin or letting the kids play in them, leaves can also have a positive impact on your lawn. So using them to your advantage is recommended.
As leaves are a natural material, they can break down into compost. This is dependent on the container you use. Once developed into compost, you can then redistribute this as an organic way in which to feed your plants in the spring. In turn, turning decomposition from a negative to a positive.
The members of the UKLCA are experienced and dedicated professionals who can provide their expertise on a variety of lawn care treatment methods to ensure your lawn is at its best and healthiest all year round.