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Autumn in Denver: Leaf Removal Mistakes to Avoid

September 28, 2016

If you make a lawn care mistake in the fall, it could cause problems for the entire upcoming year. Homeowners tend to focus less on their lawns as autumn arrives, because it is typically a larger task to prepare your home for winter months. But autumn is actually a crucial time of year for you to care for your grass. At My Landscaper, as your Denver area service experts, one of our goals is to continually offer you the best advice to maintain your lawn and garden. Here are some autumn leaf removal mistakes to avoid.

Letting fallen leaves accumulate is a no-no.

Leaf removal is important for aesthetics as well as agronomic reasons. Although turf grass growth slows as the temperature drops, photosynthesis continues. The energy from this process is stored to be used the following spring. With leaves resting on your lawn, however, this process is inhibited. The leaves act as shade, blocking light that would be used in the photosynthesis process. Many homeowners do not bother raking until nearly all the leaves have fallen. But instead, you should remove leaves whenever they cover your lawn to such a degree that you see more leaves than lawn.

Inadequate leaf mulching on grass is another mistake.

Lots of homeowners run a mulching mower over fallen leaves and let the cut-up pieces remain on the lawn, thinking that these mowed leaves are like mulch that will help – or at least not hurt – the lawn. It’s true that mulched leaves can be beneficial for topsoil. But it is vital that most of the mulched leaf pieces get down into the lawn rather than remain on top where they continue to prevent sun from reaching the grass blades. Visually inspect your lawn after you run your mulching mower over fallen leaves. If the lawn’s color is closer to the brown of the fallen leaves than to the green of grass, run the mulching mower over the lawn a second time – or as many times as it takes to break them up to an adequate degree to not smother and shade the grass.

Keep in mind:  

  • No matter how you do it, you should remove at least two times each fall. Experts say you should remove leaves every 7 – 10 days.

  • Raking is tough. If you choose to rake manually, ease your workload a bit and get an extra-wide rake with thin and extending prongs.

  • Or let Bob Vila show you how to use a leaf blower.

  • Rake or vacuum/blow leaves onto tarps for easier removal. Or use a lawn mower to bag the leaves and transfer to an eco-friendly bag.

  • A great way to recycle your leaves is to use them to make compost. Pile them up and mix in grass clippings to aid in decomposition. In a couple months, you’ll have compost.

Call My Denver Landscaper to help this autumn. We provide complete lawn care maintenance services, fertilization, grub control, pest and disease management solutions. My Denver Landscaper, LLC serves the entire Denver Metro area. Contact us for help with your lawn.

Additional Resources: A Quick Guide to Fall Leaf Removal