The temperate breezes of autumn herald an escape from the harsh Texas summers. You love watching the leaves change color on your trees, but as you get further into fall, you remember the hassle that comes from cleaning up the mess.
You may be tempted to ignore the autumn coat on your yard, but fallen leaves prevent your grass from getting the sunlight it needs. You could end up with dead patches of grass and damaged plants. As the leaves decompose, they can also create conditions that encourage mold and fungus growth.
Leafs can also disrupt the nutrients in your soil. The tannins in some fall leaves can increase the acidity of your soil, potentially causing dead and brown patches. Nitrogen and other fertilizers can be used to change the PH of your soil, but it is best to clean up leaves before they can cause any further damage.
Leaf Removal Cost
The price to remove leaves from your yard depends on the size of your yard, how often you need it cleared, and the cost of bagging and hauling everything away. At Just Right Lawns we offer a competitive one-time leaf removal service that will have your yard looking green again for a great price.
Leaf vacuums are best used for light leaf coverage and plant debris that is not damp. The vacuums need an extension cord which makes them unwieldy and more difficult to use. This option works well if you have access to this equipment or if you bring in a professional lawn service.
Raking is the most efficient method of leaf removal, but it takes more time and can amount to painstaking work. Raking a lawn to clean up leaves has the added benefit of removing some of the thatch layers of your lawn. The thatch layer is a covering of dead blades of grass that add up from lawn mulching. Removing these nutrients will leave more room in the spring for new blades of grass to sprout up.
Leaf Blowing is the quickest way to clear your yard of leaves, but it is not the most efficient and can get messy. Leaf blowers are the best way to clear concrete and gravel surfaces of leaves but are more difficult to clear leaves on a lawn. Wet leaves and compacted layers of debris will not uplift with leaf blowing, making a traditional rake necessary to clear your yard.
The mulch setting on a lawn mower can be used to grind up leaves into mulch for your lawn. This is a great and easy way to deal with a thin layer of leaves, but any thick leaf build up will require more care. When there is an excess amount of material on your lawn, applying too much mulch can cover the grass restricting sunlight, water, and block healthy growth.