Collecting leaves in the fall is truly a laborious occupation. To the delight of many gardeners, experts recommend leaving the leaves on beds as a natural fertilizer. But does this also apply to the lawn? How does lawn develop under a thick layer of leaves in winter?
Be sure to remove leaves from the lawn
Unlike your plants, which usually go into winter dormancy at the same time as the trees shed their leaves, your lawn continues to grow, although not as quickly. Right now, grass relies on sufficient oxygen and light to convert factors into energy. Autumn leaves left lying around would not allow light or oxygen to reach the blades. This would result in yellow spots, which would become noticeable in spring at the latest. On top of that, rotting can even occur if the wetness does not escape from the leaves.
What to do about stains on the lawn?
The mentioned spots are the rust fungus. Most often, when it occurs, yellowish pustules appear in places on the lawn. Among other things, this is a sign of insufficient nutrients in the soil. Since you should not fertilize your lawn with foliage, a lawn fertilizer containing potassium provides a remedy in this case. In addition, you should mow your lawn briefly before the onset of winter.
Useful tips for collecting leaves
The only question left is how best to remove leaves from your lawn. The most common, though tedious, method is raking. However, the work is much faster with a lawn mower. In addition, the following advantages arise with machine help:
- Leaves are shredded at the same time
- leaves remain in the catch basket
- no bending
- leaves are completely removed
- also possible on windy days