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The Importance of Fall Leaf Clean Up

The Importance of Fall Leaf Clean Up

Fall is officially here in Minnesota and we are starting to see the beautiful colors that make this time of year the best.  However, before you know it those leaves will be falling from the trees and littering your lawn.

Although it may be fun making huge piles of leaves for the kids and pets to play in, your lawns health depends on you picking them up before the snow falls.

What Happens When You Don’t Pick Up Leaves

Leaf cover blocks air and light which is a necessity for your lawn to grow.  Leaves that are not picked up before snow fall will suffocate your lawn and cause brown and dead patches.  Furthermore, leaves can carry disease such as anthracnose.

What is The Best Practice for Leaf Removal

In Minnesota, we have tons of trees with tons of leaves which means your yard is likely to have too many leaves to make mulching a good practice.  However, if you yard does not have a ton of leaves, mulching is the best practice because they help keep moisture and warmth in the soil during the colder months.  Additionally, you can add leaf mulch to flower bed, trees and shrubs.

For lawns where there are just too many leaves, you will want to bag the leaves and drop them off at your local yard waste.  Before bagging though, be sure to place as much mulch as possible around flowers beds, trees and shrubs and possibly even rake some into your lawn for protection.

Our Leaf Removal Services

At Peter Doran Lawn, we use commercial mowers and custom made lawn vacuums that make leaf removal a breeze.  Our  lawn mowers mulch the leaves while our lawn vacuums suck up at 99 percent of the debris, leaving just enough through your lawn for protection.

You can request a free estimate online or give us a call at our new offices in Rogers, MN at (763) 595-1440.

Where and Why to Mulch Your Lawn and Landscaping

Where and Why to Mulch Your Lawn and Landscaping

Mulch not only makes your lawn more attractive it also serves a variety of purposes to the health of your lawn and landscaping.  In this article we will take a look at where, when and why you should consider using mulch in your lawn and landscaping.

Where to Mulch

Mulch is a great addition to any garden bed, but it can also be placed in hard to maintain areas in your yard.  For example, areas that are difficult to mow, maintain or irrigate are perfect places to install mulch.  Additionally, shady areas that make it hard for new plants to receive sunlight to grow can benefit from mulch.

Why Mulch

Mulch serves a variety of purposes for proper lawn and landscaping maintenance.  Organic mulch materials improve your soils fertility as it decomposes, giving your plants extra nutrients to grow healthy.  Mulch also keeps the soils temperature cooler in the summer and maintains moisture minimizing the need to water established plants.

A new layer of mulch also reduces weed germination and growth as well as reducing plant disease.  Over time, mulch can also improve the soils aeration, structure and drainage.  As you can see there are a number of benefits to adding mulch to your lawn and landscaping.

Mulching Guidelines

Too much of anything can be bad and that saying applies to mulch in your lawn.  A general rule of thumb is to maintain a 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch at all times and not to exceed a 4 inch layer.   Too much mulch can reduce the amount of oxygen exchange to the roots of your plants and cause your plants to stress causing root rot.

When mulching around a tree in your lawn, you do not want to mulch all the way up to the trunk of the tree.  Instead, keep your mulch a few inches back from the trunk of the tree to prevent moisture from causing root rot and to keep rodents from inhabiting at the trunk of your tree and chewing into the trunk.  You will also want to extend the mulch to the drip line of your tree to allow the entire root system to absorb moisture stored in the mulch.

At Peter Doran Lawn and Landscaping, we offer a variety of mulch products that can be installed around your trees and in your garden and landscaping beds.  To get a free estimate give us a call at (763) 315-0052 or click the free estimate button below.