November 2015

To Rake or Not to Rake? (Blog 11/9/15)

There has been a lot of talk in the media recently about the National Wildlife Federation’s newest recommendation not to rake your leaves. They noted that wildlife benefits greatly from the leaves, and that moving them can disturb their habitat.

While we hear at Chesterfield Valley Nursery are nature lovers at heart, we think it is important to note that foregoing that yearly ritual of leaf removal could have some negative and even devastating effects on your lawn.  Here are some of the main issue with not removing your leaves:

Fungus and Mold: Leaves block out sunlight and hold in moisture creating an absolutely perfect environment of fungus and mold. Left unchecked, it looks terrible and becomes an issue that may require treatment to prevent unsightly patches in your yard.

Hampers the Growth of your Grass: Although this can affect all grasses, Kentucky Bluegrass and Ryegrass are very susceptible to this issue. These grasses will thrive during the fall months and stay green until winter time as long as they have proper sunlight, air, water, and nutrients. A layer of leaves will block out the sun, taking out a key component necessary for your lawn.

Insects: Insects are very important and completely necessary to our ecosystem. Unfortunately, the wrong kinds of insects can wreak havoc on your lawn if left unchecked. If they infest your lawn in the fall, that means double duty in the spring to try to rid yourself of them.

Our recommendation is to remove the leaves in your lawn and landscape. Do it frequently, and try not to let the leaves sit for too long. If you have an area of your landscape such as a tree line or woods around your home, that is a perfect place to leave untouched. This will allow you to help the ecosystem and keep a lovely lawn at the same time.

For more information on leaf removal and how Chesterfield Valley Nursery can help, call us, emails us, message us, or visit our website.