Fall has come to Camas, Washougal, and Vancouver, Washington, though it’s feeling more like winter already! The leaves change from green to red, orange and yellow; a beautiful sight to behold. Fall also means, however, that the leaves start falling, littering lawns, driveways, and roadways with mounds of organic material. Leaves can fall so suddenly and heavily, that you’re left wondering what to do with the mess they create. This post will discuss how leaves can affect your lawn and driveway, as well as what to do about it.
Leaves On Your Lawn
During the colder months of fall and winter, your lawn goes dormant, feeding on the nutrients it has successfully stored. However, even during dormancy, your lawn needs air and sunlight to remain healthy. Leaves left to accumulate unhindered will quickly suffocate your lawn by depriving it of oxygen and light. These leaves will smother your lawn creating brown patchy spots that can be difficult and time-consuming to fully restore. Furthermore, if leaves are left for long periods of time, they become wet and/or frozen; therefore, the faster they are removed, the better!
Leaves In Your Driveway
Leaves can often quickly cover your entire driveway and walkways, creating hazards for walking and driving. If leaves are left unchecked in these areas, they often look disheveled and unkempt. Furthermore, wet and frozen leaves can cause vehicles to spin out and people to slip and fall. If the leaves become frozen, they often become glued to your driveway and walkways making it even more difficult to remove them properly and easily. Like leaves on the lawn, the faster the leaves are removed from your driveway and walkways, the easier it is to do so.
What To Do with All These Leaves
There are two main solutions to your leaf problem; either remove them entirely from the property or use them in some way. You can rake and collect all the leaves and take them to a recycling center or you can have a lawn care company, like Urban Eden, do all the difficult work for you. You can also choose to use the leaves for various things. Leaves can be collected and placed in flower or garden beds to be used as a mulch to protect desirable plants during the cold months. This method also helps to buildup healthy soil. You can also put them directly into your compost, allowing them to break down, creating an extremely healthy and beneficial soil to use as you like.
Whether you decide to have your leaves completely removed, added to your flower beds or your compost pile, Urban Eden Landscaping can help! We have all the right tools and know-how to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Let’s be honest, homeowners do not like having to go out into the cold to gather and dispose of leaves, so let us take care of it for you. Call us today at (360)567-6399, contact us here, or fill out our FREE estimate request form online!