Many homeowners are conflicted about whether they should rake fallen leaves during fall. The composition and location of your garden and lawn can affect how you treat and prepare them for winter. Those that aren’t as exposed to sunlight are better without fallen leaves.
Read on to learn why you should get rid of leaves on your lawn or garden this fall from a landscape design expert.
What Kinds of Leaves You Have
Certain kinds of leaves break down slower than others, like oak leaves and pine needles. They contain a lot of carbon, they are acidic, and will stay in your landscape for a long time. On the other hand, maple and birch leaves are thin so they will break down and rot more quickly.
Fallen leaves can act as a carrier for diseases and attract pests. For instance, powdery mildew likes peonies, lilacs and phlox. You’d have to pick up their leaves and dispose of them. However, you shouldn’t dump them in your compost where they can break down and spread pathogens.
Why You Need to Get Rid of Them
Getting rid of fallen leaves will not only make your outdoor living spaces look better, but it will also ensure your plants are safe. Picking up the leaves can avoid damage that may be harmful to your plants. Your landscape doesn’t have to be perfectly clean. Aim for a level of cleanliness that discourages nesting.
When you ignore the leaves in your garden or yard, you protect the ground and support soil biology. However, you may also create the ideal conditions for insects and rodents like mice and voles, which can be harmful to you and your plants.
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