Crisp air sparks nature to uncloak the true beauty of maple, oak, birch and other deciduous trees. Autumn winds play their part too on fall foliage. It doesn’t take long for shed leaves to accumulate throughout the yard. Leaves cling to gutters, hide behind flower pots and pile up in less used doorways.
It can quickly turn into a rousing game of hide and seek!
How do you corral fall foliage?
Here are some tips to help make the job easier.
Inspect your lawn equipment now before peak leaf drop occurs. Fix or replace any rakes with broken or bent tines. Check your lawnmower blades are clean and sharp to mulch leaves.
Start cleaning up after leaves as soon as possible. A heavy storm will add weight to the job. Try your best to stay ahead of the storm.
Mulch as many leaves throughout fall back into your lawn. Leaves add needed nutrients. Free fertilizer, folks!
Invest in a quality leaf blower for big jobs. Remember to use a sweeping motion to best corral leaves.
Make sure to wear heavy gloves when picking up leaves. Ground bees, animal waste and sticks and thorns can easily get inadvertently added to the pile.
Compost if you can and save a bag of dry leaves for spring to start your new compost pile.
Recycle leaves at a community drop off center or offer them to community gardens and school gardens to recycle.
Remember to get a jump on leaves as soon as possible. Before you bag, sort a pile of clean, dry leaves and let the kids jump in! Heck, join in the fun, you deserve it after all that work!
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