It is almost winter, so that means a majority of trees have lost their leaves. Now it may have been a hassle during the fall/autumn season to keep the leaves from piling up, but since that has mostly ended, now it is the perfect time to remove the leaves.
Knowing why and how to clean up these leaves, and what to do with them after is essential for any homeowner or property owner who wants to keep their property looking its best, while being kind to the environment at the same time.
Hazards Posed by Leaf Build-Up
While falling leaves may be natures way of recycling, some of the negative effects can’t be ignored. In addition to merely being unsightly, the major hazards are the blocking of gutters and drains, attracting unwanted pests, and mold buildup.
Clogging your drains may seem like no big deal, but the extra water piling up on your roof can cause your shingles to degrade faster, and the mold from the leaves can make its way to your attic contributing to unwanted mold growth. Also, if you have a storm drain in or around your yard is it a code violation to let any debris, leaf or otherwise, blocking the drain.
Leaf buildup also has the unwanted effect of attracting new visitors to your property that are looking to consume the leaves. Beetles, grub worms, and the like will love infesting your property to consume those tasty leaves. This can even produce a compound effect, attracting moles and voles which will come to consume the beetles/worms.
Unless you welcome this new menagerie, its best to prevent it before it starts. Lastly, since a pile of leaves can hold lots of moisture, they are prone to collecting mold and mushrooms. Unless you are a mycologist looking to grow and harvest your own mushrooms, it is best to remove and dispose of the leaves before this happens.
Best Methods of Leaf Removal for your Gutter, Lawn, and Flower Bed
Cleaning leaves from your gutter/roof
When it comes to removing leaves from your roof or gutter the more conventional way is to use a ladder and remove them by hand. However, if you have a two-story house and tall trees, this may be difficult, especially if you are afraid of heights. This is why if you ever need help cleaning your leaves from your gutter/roof, it is best to call someone to come out and do it for you.
When it comes to removing leaves from your lawn the most common methods are with a rake or leaf blower. Typically, people opt for a leaf blower as it’s the least strenuous way to move the leaves. However, if the leaves are old, waterlogged, and moldy, using a rake/shovel is a better option, since this makes the leaves heavier. Also using a rake has an added benefit of not adding as much to your carbon footprint.
When it comes to removing fallen leaves in your flower bed/garden, it is often tedious and tricky to remove all of the debris. The most common answer to this is using soil covers around your flowers, which make collecting/removing the leaves much easier.
Lastly how to properly dispose of leaves
For methods on what to do with your collected leaves check out what we covered in our Easy and Budget-Friendly Halloween Decorations blog, Fall Lawncare Steps to Start Now blog, and Don’t Rake – Mulch article.
You may ask, why not just put them in a plastic bag? Well, leaves are easily broken up and converted to more useful things such as mulch or compost. By disposing of them in plastic bags, you are doing nothing but adding more plastic bags to landfills, contributing to the non-compostable waste that has negative effects on the environment. This turns a minor problem like leaf buildup and turns it into a bigger problem.
Tell us, fellow homeowners, did you find any of our tips helpful? Let us know if you have any questions.
Also, feel free to call us at 901-870-3720 if you would like for us to help with leaf removal services in Germantown and Collierville, TN!