Don't Let Fallen Leaves Sit Too Long
CHARLOTTE, N.C.- Fall leaves may be nice to look at while they're on trees, but once they hit the ground they top many people's honey-do list. You may want to think twice before you skip raking, procrastinating could cause trouble this spring.
Melissa Kaltenbach has put her raking duties on hold. Instead, she's cutting down trees, pruning, and weeding, "It's kind of hard because the leaves just keep falling. So I'm not doing a whole lot to pick up all the leaves. Just getting the worst of it."
Andre Odum's the opposite. He doesn't want the leaves to sit in his yard too long, "It probably takes about an hour and a half, blowing the leaves and using the lawn mower to mulch them up. It doesn't take too long."
Lowe's Garden Center Manager, Daniel Green says Andre's got the right idea. All of those leaves can cause problems in the spring, "If the leaves sat on there for too long the acidity in the soil could go up. Which then people tend to plant seed in the spring it will cause the seeds not to germinate very well."
It's hard to believe this beautiful fall foliage can be destructive. It can cause fungus and drown out the sunlight and nutrients from getting to your lawn. Rake up the leaves as often as possible to keep your lawn and even your trees as safe and healthy.
Green says if you put your leaves around the base of trees, you may want to think again, "All it does it holds moisture, mold and fungus things like that can grow up underneath plus it just strangles the base of the tree out.'
Now is the best time to winterize and give your grass a strong root base. It's also a good time to put out lime - which helps the p-h level in the soil.