While we all enjoy the beauty of a Northern Virginia fall – the brilliant oranges and reds of maples, dogwoods, and oaks – when the season ends, those once-beautiful fall leaves completely cover our lawns. It is important to clean-up those falls leaves to allow your lawn to breathe and prepare for the dormant season.
Sunrise has a number of suggestions and tips for how to manage your fall leaf clean-up.
Mowing – The use of a mulching lawn mower is very effective in returning nutrients to the soil and providing weed protection. Make sure to insert the mulch plug into the mower, drop the mower to the lowest setting – just above the grass – and mow as you normally would with a second pass at an opposite angle to mulch the clippings into the grass.
Leaf Blower – A leaf blower is a great option if you have a large yard. Leaves can be blown into garden beds, providing a natural cover for the winter season or into manageable piles for removal. Make sure to wear ear protection when using a blower – the majority of blowers can be very loud.
Tarps – Tarps can be used in conjunction with a blower or rake. If you live in a community that picks up leaves with vacuum trucks, a tarp is a very easy way to transport large piles of leaves to the curb for pick up.
Bagging – Shredded leaves make great mulch or compost. Leaves are naturally rich in trace minerals that are beneficial to your garden and lawn. They are also a great source of carbon which helps to balance the nitrogen in your compost pile. Use the bagging option on your lawn mower to shred the leaves and then simply add to your garden beds for mulch or to your compost pile.
One final tip – make sure to remove leaves when the weather is good. Rain will make the leaves heavy and more difficult to manage.
If your fall leaf clean-up tasks are too large or you simply don’t have the time, contact Sunrise and we’d be more than happy to help.
Sunrise Landscape & Design is Northern Virginia’s premier landscaping company offering a full range of landscape services. Whether you need lawn maintenance services such as fall clean-up, leaf removal, weed control or mulching or landscape design services such as landscape lighting, water features, walkways, and patios, we will work with you to keep your landscape looking beautiful year round!