Lawn Leaf Removal

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Many deciduous trees have already begun dropping their leaves and some of them even have some pretty colors. Raking leaves is not the most exciting chore in the fall, but it sure will warm a body up on a brisk autumn morning.

Some things you can do with those fallen leaves include collecting some of the ones with good color and pressing them between the pages of a thick book. I recommend putting them between a couple of paper towels to keep them from sticking to the pages of the book. Once the leaves have dried, they can be used to decorate cards or in other art projects. It’s a different way to use some of those dried leaves in a creative.

I like to mow mine over and allow them to enhance the soil in the grass where they have fallen. However, sometimes too many fall at one time and the leaves need to be collected and moved to another location. My wife bought me a blower vac for my birthday last year, so I think it was a hint that I needed to get the leaves off the lawn so the yard didn’t look bad. It was a blessing in disguise. I can now rake the leaves into one big pile and vacuum them up into the bag. The process of vacuuming the leaves up also chops them up into smaller pieces and these can then be used to mulch a garden bed to keep the weeds down through the winter.

One more idea for those fallen leaves is compost. If you like to compost in a pile, then leaves are a perfect addition to the pile. If the compost pile is put together correctly, it will be all cooked up and ready to apply to the garden by spring.

Speaking of compost reminds me of nutrients in the soil. If your trees don’t seem to be doing as well this year as they have in the past, take a soil sample from around the tree and send it off to be tested at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agronomic Soil Test Lab. Many of the soil test results I’ve seen have been dangerously low in potassium, a vital nutrient for plants. This may be the case in your yard as well. Correcting these levels in the soil will then benefit all the plants in your yard. If you would like instructions on how to take a soil sample, look for the videos button on the left-hand side of the page.