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What Happens If You Don’t Rake the Leaves?

Woman raking the leaves.

Do you ever feel like there are simply not enough hours in the day?

You aren’t alone. So many of us have trouble finding the time to dedicate to responsibilities such as house and yard work, never mind spending quality time with loved ones. One task that may get pushed to the bottom of your to-do list is raking the leaves and caring for your lawn in the fall. In reality, this task is more important than you may think. In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at the importance of raking the leaves and how you can actually use them to ensure a happier, healthier lawn.

Will Fallen Leaves Hurt My Lawn?

If you haven’t had a chance to rake the leaves for a few days, don’t fret. The chances of a few leaves harming your lawn is quite minimal. Especially when you factor in the breeze blowing them around. What can damage your lawn is large clumps of wet leaves. When large piles of leaves retain moisture from the rain it can block the grass from oxygen and sunlight. When left for days, if not weeks, on end, this can lead to dead grass.

The simple solution to this is watching the weather. If the weatherman is calling for rain, make an effort to head outside and give the leaves a good rake. We recommend raking the leaves once or twice a week to ensure a healthy lawn.

The Dangers of Not Raking the Leaves

Large piles of leaves can actually lead to a few hidden dangers. The first danger is an influx of wildlife, such as voles and mice. They are drawn to the cozy layers of leaves, as they create the ideal hiding place. Another danger is the risk of fungal diseases in your lawn, such as snow mold, as it can grow on rotten leaves and unfortunately infect your grass.

Unraked leaves can also create a hazard for anyone who walks across the lawn, as they are easy to slip and fall on, not to mention that they may be covering a hole or object that could hurt your foot if stepped on.

How to Use Fallen Leaves in Your Yard

Now don’t get us wrong, fallen leaves aren’t all bad. In fact, when used properly they can be quite beneficial to your lawn. Leaves are full of nutrients that can benefit the soil and plants, encouraging the growth and flourishment of beneficial wildlife.

To make the most of the fallen leaves in your yard, simply wait until the leaves are good and dry, then use your lawnmower. Mow the leaves at least four or five times, until they are good and shredded. The small pieces will fall between the blades of grass where they can naturally decompose and benefit the lawn, rather than covering them and risking dead grass.

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