Nobody wants to spend their weekend raking, blowing, and bagging up leaves. But it has to be done, doesn’t it? Well, there are two schools of thought on the matter: You can let the professionals at Memphis Landscape handle it so you can enjoy your weekends watching football, or you can purchase the right equipment to make your yardwork somewhat less taxing.
Let’s see which sounds better to you.
The removal of leaves is important for both soil management and aesthetic reasons. Photosynthesis will continue even as your lawn growth slows, and the energy from it will be stored for the following spring. This process is inhibited when you let leaves cover your grass. The leaves block the light that is needed for the photosynthesis process. Leaf removal is very important with newly seeded lawns; young grass will die without light more quickly than the established turf. Leaves that remain on fescue seedlings can also increase rot conditions by creating a dark, damp climate that will smother out weaker plants. Removing the leaves in a timely fashion will allow your lawn to be well nourished and to breathe properly, ensuring an outstanding looking yard come spring!
A Few of the Many Reasons You Should Call Memphis Landscape:
- Experts recommend you remove leaves at least twice a year, and ideally recommend you do it every 7-10 days.
- Do not let the leaves become decomposed and matted. Start leaf removal when 20 to 30 percent of the leaves have fallen.
- Raking is hard work! One can easily injure their back while twisting and bending in awkward ways to get those last stubborn leaves off the grass.
- Leaf blowers are expensive! We have all the most up to date and advance lawn care equipment, do you ever ask yourself What size chainsaw sharpener do I need? check bestofmachinery.com and find out.
- Your lawn will be robbed of sunlight if you leave your leaves on the ground all winter.
- By spring your lawn will be a soggy mess, and these soggy leaves may contain diseases.
- Your perennial plants may experience rotting from too many fallen leaves covering its roots.
- Slimy pests like snails and slugs lay their eggs in the leaves that litter the ground.
If You Decide to Do it Yourself:
- Make sure you get a rigid leaf rake. Pick one with a cushiony handle and a 30-36 inch fan so you can get between flowers and shrubs. This will run you between $10 and $20.
- Get a leaf tarp. This way you can rake or blow the leaves onto a tarp instead of hundreds of plastic bags. A 12.5 by 10-foot tarp goes for around $22.
- Buy a leaf blower. Make sure you get a two-cycle gasoline powered blower. Handheld blowers go for about $180 while the more comfortable backpack blowers go for upwards of $300.
- Get yourself a nice yard vacuum. These shred and bag leaves, and are perfect if you like to compost. They go from $400 to $700.
- Don’t be a procrastinator! It’s crucial to get leaves up quickly. They can weaken root systems and lead to mold and pests.
- Keep mowing your lawn until the first frost. This will keep your grass strong and healthy. Then remove the leaves when your grass has stopped growing.
- Something that you can do as an alternative to raking and bagging leaves is to mulch them with a lawnmower. This turns the grass into compost which is a really great fertilizer to grass. Make sure not to put mulch around trees, however, because this can attract insects which can damage or kill the tree.
- Check your drains. If your yard is near a street-side storm drain, check that spot for leaves. Heavy rains can produce big clumps of wet leaves. This can prevent drainage and, in turn, lead to flooding in your yard and street.
- See what the city requires. Some cities will ask you to rake your leaves into a row or pile at the curb so that municipal vacuums can clean them up. Other cities will ask you to put your leaves in paper bags. Check and make sure that whatever you decide to do is what your city asks of you.
- If you’re certain you want to do it yourself, make sure to pace yourself while raking and don’t overdo it. It can be a strenuous activity that would be hard for someone with a sore or bad back. Take breaks as often as you need.
So there you have it. To accumulate the tools necessary to do your lawn justice, you’ll need to drop close to $1000 on equipment and spend your weekends developing callouses and blisters, and possible back injuries, all with the reward of a job well done. Or you can call the experts at Memphis Landscape to come relieve you and leave your lawn in tip top shape and all prepared for the backyard barbecues next summer! Get in touch with us today or call us at 901.343.6400.