Leaves & Your Lawn: Fall Landscaping Tips

New England is famous for autumn color, and Mashpee is certainly no exception. The leaves look radiant while they’re colorful and on the tree. After they fall to the ground, not so much. What can you do with all the leaves on your lawn?

As landscape contractors, we love a healthy, well-fed lawn. Regular fertilization is essential for vibrant green grass. One of the best fertilizers is compost, which is decayed organic matter that nourishes and enriches the soil. You can buy compost, but if Mother Nature is dropping leaves all over your lawn, you have one source of compost available to you for free.

If you already have a composting system in place at your home, it’s the ideal way to dispose of some of those leaves. However, most home composting systems have a limited capacity, and you may find you have too many leaves! Another quick way to handle the leaves is to gather them over your garden and chop them up using your lawn mower: add a layer of grass clippings on top of this, and your garden will be absorbing valuable nutrients all winter long.

If this sounds like a lot of work, remember that the leaves of one shade tree are valuable – experts say they’re equivalent to more than $50 worth of plant food and humus. There’s more minerals in tree leaves than there are in manure! Let your Mashpee landscape contractor know you want to make use of your leaves, and they’ll happily accommodate your plans. All natural fertilizer is too good to miss out on – especially this year, when drought conditions have stressed trees, shrubs, and lawns throughout the region.

Of course, your Mashpee landscape contractor can also rake up and dispose of fallen leaves as part of the regular yard care maintenance routine. Keep your home looking great, boost curb appeal, and never worry about all of your leaves blowing into the neighbor’s yard when you have your lawn crew taking care of things!

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