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Shade trees are wonderful to combat the intense heat of summer but come fall, homeowners might sing a different tune. You’ve watched the healthy green leaves turn into beautiful hues of yellow, orange, and red before falling off to settle on the ground below. You let out a big sigh because you know that means one thing: it’s time to rake up those once beautiful leaves before winter comes. The chore of raking leaves can be time-consuming, back-breaking, exhausting work, especially if you have a big yard and lots of trees. If raking up all those leaves keeps getting added back to your to-do list, you may have another option. Is it okay to mow leaves instead of raking? Yes, it’s alright to put the rake down and turn on the lawnmower to handle the leaves on the ground. In fact, over the years, studies have confirmed it’s actually better for your lawn to mulch the leaves rather than rake them. Here are a few benefits you can expect from mowing your leaves instead of raking them. Fewer Weeds When mulched into small pieces, the leaves will naturally fall between the grass blades onto the soil underneath. Over the winter,GET THE FACTS >> →
We know you won’t be outside mowing the lawn and tending your garden over the winter. But, that doesn’t mean you should ignore your yard until the warm weather returns. You don’t want your lawn looking like a brown, dry, lifeless mess when the seasons change. There are a few things you can do this winter to get a jumpstart on spring. Aerate Over time, the soil in your yard can get compacted, especially in high-traffic areas. This can limit the number of nutrients your grass can absorb and prevent the ground from draining properly. One way to improve drainage and ensure your grass is getting the nutrients it needs to stay healthy is to aerate your lawn. You can do this with a power aerator if you have a large yard. This machine will puncture the earth, allowing air to flow and water to get down into the soil. If your yard is on the smaller side, you can also do this by hand using a pitchfork. If your lawn could benefit from aeration, be sure to get it done before the first frost. Fertilize Fertilizing is another way to treat your lawn before the first frost of theGET THE FACTS >> →