Lawn Maintenance Throughout The Seasons
The trees that were ever so helpful during the summer can wreak havoc over your yard when fall season comes rolling in. It’s a time when rakes come out, and the hissing of leaf blowers can be heard, at full blast. This is an essential obligation to your lawn as it prevents diseases such as snow mould and fungus. Some people rake to get a good work out from it and others prefer the electric or gas leaf blower or even a power mower to take care of the leaves.
The leaves will lay a carpet on your lawn and might seem harmless for some time, but be warned they can kill your grass. This is because some leaves take longer than others to decompose. Examples of fast decomposers are, birch and ash while the ones that take time to decompose are beech and oak leaves.
Snow mould becomes evident when snow starts to melt in early spring. The colors range from grey or pink. Color is important because it determines the level of the damage. Pink mold damages the crown of the plant while gray mold attacks the plant’s tissues.
If leaves are left on your lawn throughout the winter, the grass will be suffocated. The grass below it will either not get enough water or have too much trapped below the leaves. Eventually the roots of your lawn will get suffocated and die. The bushes and shrubs will be at risk as well.
The leaves can be reused in the gardens and plant beds if you’re feeling up for it. This can be done by composting your leaves. They will benefit your garden in many ways. Some people use this to their advantage and instead use a mulching lawn mower to go over the leaves. The leaves are chopped into small bits that can penetrate the soil. This way they improve the health of the lawn.
The leaves become a nest for mice. Ticks and fleas as well are attracted to such areas. The ticks will now easily transmit Lyme disease to the occupants of the lawn because they live in low vegetation.
Lyme disease is an inflammatory disease, and most of the times it’s seen during late spring, summer and early fall. It is found in areas such as Northeast, Minnesota, Wisconsin and on the Pacific coast. The symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to flu symptoms. The affected could even have a bulls-eye rash. The people with Lyme disease should have a monitoring period of 30 days.
The ticks are small and cannot be seen easily.