What To Do With All Those Fall Leaves On Your Ohio Lawn?

Here in Ohio, we are proud to be able to experience the change of seasons. If you live in the northern parts of the state you’ll soon start to see the first tinges of fall griping the tops of trees. For Ohioans, we not only get to enjoy this metamorphosis, but we also get to clean it up! Yes, fall is a time filled with raking, bagging, and coming up with ways to dispose of all those leaves. It’s enough to make you regret planting trees in your yard in the first place. Fortunately, there are some clever ways to dispose of fall leaves in a way that benefits you. Here’s a list of some environmentally friendly ways to get rid of fall leaves.

Get Leaves Off Your Grass

The first thing you need to do with fall leaves is to get them off your yard and fast. Fall leaves may look beautiful on the trees but on your grass they can cause some major problems. Do not let leaves blanket your lawn for too long. The dark, wet conditions under the leaves can kill your grass and create opportunities for lawn diseases. Leaves can also contribute to soil compaction which can cause your grass to weaken and look malnourished. 

Create An Endless Supply of Mulch

When you look outside at your yard covered in a thick blanket of leaves, don’t think about all the hours of raking that lies ahead of you, think about how much natural mulch you could be creating. Use a lawnmower to go over the leaves several times to chop them up into fine pieces. They can be bagged or left in the grass to settle and help fertilize the lawn.

Start a Compost Pile

Since you have all this raw material, why not place them in your compost pile. Fall leaves are rich in nitrogen and make an excellent base for your compost pile. The longer you let it sit the richer and more manageable the compost will be. When you want to use it, you can add fresh compost to your gardens, flower beds, or around trees to retain moisture and prevent weeds.

Start A New Garden From Scratch

Creating a new garden in your yard is a lot harder than it looks. First, there is the sod you have to remove, which is back-breaking work. Then you have to remove the rocks and loosen the soil. The process could take several days and many hours of intensive labor. Lasagna gardens are gardens that are created from scratch but without all the hard work. It involves a technique of layering leaves, grass clippings, and other organic material on top of one another in order to create a brand new garden without the hard work of pulling up sod and digging up rocks. After the winter snows melt the materials will be decomposed enough to plant new vegetables in and the best part is that it blends seamlessly with the ground underneath.

Do Not Burn Leaves

Who doesn’t like the smell of burning leaves in the fall? It’s right up there with apple cider, pumpkin spice, and fresh hay. But leaf burning is annoying for your neighbors and bad for the environment. Even though the leaves are dead, they can still retain a lot of moisture so when you burn them they give off a ton of smoke that contains mold, soot, and allergens that can irritate your allergies and your neighbors. Also, the risk for brush fires is extremely high in the fall when the vegetation is already dead and dry. Be sure to check with your county to see if there are burning restrictions in your area.

Call the Professionals at Land-Art

Dealing with fall leaves is just part of your fall chores. There is still the matter of fall weed control, tree and shrub care, and aeration. All of which the professionals at Land-Art can provide. 

Are you tired of dealing with fall pests? If you want to protect your home from invasive fall pests, call the professionals at Land-Art. We have years of experience dealing with pests in Ohio and Florida lawns. Our pest control barrier will make critters think twice before trying to enter your home.

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