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Fall Cleanups, so many benefits

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Healthy cleaned up lawn free of leaf debris

There are many benefits to having a Fall clean up~It’s not just about the appearance of your property that should make you decide to have a Fall cleanup. There are several other factors you should think about as well.

By removing the leaves from the lawn, it helps to keep lawn fungus’ at bay,  lawn fungus’ such as Gray and Pink Snow Mold. Snow mold is caused when there is an extended period of snow cover on ground that is not completely frozen. Snow mold can also occur under leaves that have not been cleaned up or amongst long grass that should have been mowed once more before winter set in. Leaves can smother the lawn and kill it off, which becomes expensive in the Spring when you get the new grass to grow. Most lawns in the Northern U.S. are composed of one or more cool-season grasses. “Cool-season” lawn grasses are so called because they’re most active during those periods of the year when moderately cool weather predominates. Fall is one of those times. Blessed with sufficient sunlight, nutrients and water, and enjoying temperatures that are neither too cold nor too hot, cool-season grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass revitalize themselves in fall. This is when they must “make hay,” strengthening their root systems. A thick layer of fallen leaves can impede the growth of these grasses. Why? Because they can deprive the grass of a key element: sunlight. If not raked up in time, a thick and/or matted layer of fallen leaves casts excessive shade over the grass below.    Last but not least….wet matted leaves are harder to clean up in the spring, which takes more time and thus your cost increases.

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