Everyone loves the changing colors of the leaves — well maybe everyone except for those who have to clean them up. Autumn is a beautiful time of year and a much-needed break from the hot summer weather. But, fall also comes with a set of responsibilities including preparing your lawn for winter. 

At Impeccable Landscapes in Spokane, we often get asked if it is best to rake up your fall leaves, and the answer is a definite “yes”. Although some people claim that leaves make great mulch, you should not just leave your leaves wherever they fall in your yard. Leaves can prevent your grass from getting the air, water, and nutrients that it needs to make it through the winter and grow back green in the spring. 

Read on to learn more about why you should rake your autumn leaves, and if you are searching for a quality landscape maintenance company in Spokane, look no further than Impeccable Landscapes. Contact us today for our fall and leaf clean up services

Your Grass Needs to Breath

During the fall, it’s recommended that not only you remove the fallen leaves from your lawn, but also aerate your lawn. This is because your grass needs access to fresh air to remain healthy. Leaving dead leaves on your lawn will result in brown patches from grass that is not receiving the proper amount of oxygen. 

Leaves Block Important Nutrients From Getting to Your Grass

Another reason that it is recommended that you remove the leaves from your lawn is so that your grass can get the proper nutrients to grow. This is also another reason that we aerate and fertilize lawns because, in order for your lawn to become green and full the following spring, it needs to have access to the proper nutrients in the fall before the snow begins to fall.  

Pests Can Live in Piles of Leaves

Another reason to rake your leaves is that pests can find their way into the leaves and make a home. With the outside air cooling, leaves create a warmer area where pests like snakes can keep out of the cold. Pests love warm, dark hiding spaces, and that is exactly what a pile of leaves in the fall provides them with. 

Leaves May Provide a Place for Mold Growth

A pile of leaves creates a perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow, especially when it gets covered with a layer of snow. The dark, moist, and warm environment can encourage the growth of fungus, mold, and blight.  

Leaves May Prevent New Grass Growth

Besides the fact that grass is not able to get the proper amount of air, water, and nutrients when leaves are not cleaned up, it can also prevent the growth of new grass in the early spring. The leaves can mat down your grass and new green grass has a difficult time surfacing due to the heavy dead leaves that have been saturated with moisture all winter by the snow. 

Hire Impeccable Landscapes for Your Fall and Leaf Clean Up

At Impeccable Landscapes, we can handle all of the fall landscape maintenance so that your lawn makes it through the winter and is green and lush in no time again when spring rolls back into Spokane. From leaf removal to lawn aeration and fertilization, we can take care of it all. Contact our experienced team today for a free estimate and to prepare your lawn for the winter.