Lawn Maintenance Throughout The Seasons
The trees that were ever so helpful during the summer can wreak havoc over your yard when fall season comes rolling in. Rakes and leaf blowers come in handy at this time, every lawn has people pulling and pushing away the leaves while others give it a modern twist with a leaf blower blowing away the leaves. This is a reminder that the festive season is just around the corner, but it should also be a reminder that your lawn is at danger of getting diseases such as snow mold and fungus. Raking is a good workout for some people; however, others prefer getting the job done quickly and thus employ the use of a leaf blower.
When the leaves are left on the lawn for too long, however, beautiful, they will kill the grass. Some leaves take longer to decompose than others and thus can bring damage to your lawn. Examples of fast decomposers are, birch and ash while the ones that take time to decompose are beech and oak leaves.
You will realize there is snow mould after the snow has melted in early spring. The colors range from grey or pink. Color is important because it determines the level of the damage. The pink mold causes excessive damage and attacks the crown of the plant, gray mold is less destructive and attacks the plant tissues.
When the leaves are unattended to during winter, the grass will not have enough air to supplement it. Water will be a rare commodity to the grass below or will be too much and instead soak the grass. This eventually cuts the air supply for the roots of your lawn. The same will happen to the bushes and the shrubs.
The leaves can be reused in the gardens and plant beds if you’re feeling up for it. That is if you choose to compost your leaves. They will benefit your garden in many ways. Some people use this to their advantage and instead use a mulching lawn mower to go over the leaves. The mower chops up the leaves and allows them to get into the soil faster. In such a way they become useful and resourceful .
The leaves become a nest for mice. There will be insects such as ticks and fleas. Ticks usually live on low lying vegetation and can transmit Lyme diseases in humans.
Lyme disease is an inflammatory disease, and most of the times it’s seen during late spring, summer and early fall. Most cases are in areas such as Northeast, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and on the Pacific Coast. The symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to flu symptoms. The affected could even have a bulls-eye rash. The infected should be observed for 30 days.
The ticks that carry Lyme disease are called deer tick, and they’re so small that many people never see the tick that has infected them.