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Leaves on the lawn - a hidden danger Follow

 
                    
 
As autumn rolls on, It can be very tempting to just leave those fallen leaves on the grass and maybe kid yourself that they are welcome, harmless, even that they are helpful, acting as a natural mulch, improving your lawn's health. 
 
This is a mistake inexperienced gardeners often make, as leaving great piles of leaves on your lawn, or even a thin covering, is a potential hazard and many dangers to your turf can lurk in the depths. 
 
Rotting leaves can act as a block to sunlight, preventing photosynthesis in the grass blades, so they cannot convert light to chlorophyl; in essence stopping them from feeding and growing. 
 
They can trap moisture, stop air circulation and lead to discoloured or over-damp grass. 
 
Rotting leaves can also encourage fungus, insects, disease and general pests that can seriously damage your lawn. Examples of such pests include…
  • Brown Patch - caused by the pathogen Rhizoctinia solani - it can cause large brown or faded patches of diseased grass. 
  • Moss - a nuisance to the lawn enthusiasts, moss thrives where there is shade and poor soil drainage so can flourish under the cover of the leaves. 

Other pests that can be encouraged by blankets of wet leaves include algae and a multitude of worms which can leave unsightly casts over your lawn. Worms can also attract moles who will tunnel to the surface, ruining your lawn and making repair very difficult. 

Leaves are also a slip hazard and, even on the lawn, can lead to nasty accidents. 

So rake, blow, suck or whatever it takes but do get those leaves off your lawn! Here is a list of equipment that you might use to clear leaves. You click through each to see more details.

TIP: Wet leaves are harder to shift so get in there early with a leaf blower, vacuum or sweeper and make those leaves work for their living by turning them into useful mulch or compost for your over-wintering vegetable or flower beds. 
 
 
 
 
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