No one lists raking leaves as their favorite fall activity. But there’s more than one way to get rid of that layer of leafy litter on your lawn. Fall leaf mulching (shredding leaves into tiny bits with the mower) makes your life easier and your lawn healthier. Here’s why.
Leaves, Leaves Everywhere!
Fall’s fallen foliage makes a colorful carpet in our yards this time of year. As beautiful as it appears, it harms the lawn if left on too long. The leaf layer traps in moisture, creating an enticing environment for fungal diseases. It also blocks out sun, oxygen, and nutrients.
Most people dislike raking. But there’s another way to get the job done that involves less labor and helps the health of the grass. Fall leaf mulching uses a lawn mower to pass over the leaf layer, dicing each leaf into little pieces that decompose more easily. Eventually, the small bits of leaf break down in the soil and supply it with nutrients.
Fall Leaf Mulching: Pros
Raking, piling, and bagging leaves takes time and is more laborious than mulching. Using the mower requires less twisting and bending (just a lot of pushing!) and it’s one step instead of several. Mulching also takes away the challenge of finding somewhere to dump the leaves if your town doesn’t pick them up. So save yourself time, extra bags, and the clutter by the curb with fall leaf mulching. You’ll also save time and money with less fertilizing: mulch material feeds the lawn as it decomposes. And you keep those plastic bags of leaves out of the land fills!
Fall Leaf Mulching: Cons
Clearly, the benefits of fall leaf mulching outweigh the disadvantages. Mulching with a mower usually takes one pass over the leaf layer, but if the leaves aren’t shredded into small enough pieces (dime size or smaller) then another pass over the lawn is required. The only other disadvantage is that if the shredded leaf layer is too thick it still smothers the grass underneath. Make sure the layer is no more than a quarter of an inch thick.
Give Us a Call this Fall
Cross your least favorite chore off the list this season. Fall leaf mulching might just make your life a little easier (and your grass a little greener in the spring). Better yet, give Free Spray Lawn Care a call at [phone] and let us put the fun back in your fall. You can count on us for all of your lawn-care needs.
No one wants to see a nicely manicured lawn littered with patchy dead spots. If you fit one more thing on your fall to-do list, make it reseeding rough areas of the yard. Here’s how repairing bare spots in the lawn now helps you reap the rewards in spring.
What Causes Bare Spots?
There are many reasons for dead or thinning patches of turf, and sometimes it’s difficult to know which one is the actual cause. Of course, the obvious reasons are lack of water, too much shade, dog urine, and heavy foot traffic. Not so obvious reasons include disease, pest problems, and unhealthy or compacted soil. Even cutting the grass too low causes scorching. You may have to dig deep to get to the root of the problem. Pests, like grub worms, are easy to spot if you peel back a piece of the damaged turf.
Steps for Repairing Bare Spots in Your Lawn
Early fall is the ideal time for reviving grass. Reseeding is one way to fix patchy problems, but you can also use sod. Follow these simple steps for repairing bare spots in your lawn with reseeding.
First, prepare the area for planting new seed. Rake to remove weeds and dead grass, then loosen the soil so the seeds get embedded easier. If the soil is compacted, aeration is necessary. Manual aerating tools get the job done since these are usually smaller areas.
Select the proper seed type at the garden center based on the type of grass already existing and local climate, then sprinkle a thin layer of seeds over the area. If you are unsure of what seed mix to select, ask for help or call in a lawn-care pro.
Birds are big fans of freshly spread grass seed, so add a thin layer of straw to protect the new additions. The layer needs to be thin enough to let in some sun, yet thick enough to help keep seeds warm, moist, and hidden from hungry creatures. If you don’t have straw, use a little extra topsoil.
Keep the area moist by watering with a light spray so as not to wash the seeds away. Wait to mow until the new grass is about three inches tall.
Let Us Revive Your Lawn
It’s important to know the actual cause of dead grass in the lawn. If you don’t get to the root of the problem, the bare spots will recur. We can help identify the problem and return your turf to a thick healthy state. Contact Free Spray Lawn Care today at [phone] for help repairing bare spots or any other lawn-care needs.
Ever turn on the light during a middle-of-the-night trip to the bathroom only to be startled by a tiny prehistoric-looking pest prowling around the floorboards? Then you are familiar with silverfish, a common household pest. Eliminating silverfish once they invade is no easy feat. Arm yourself with the following knowledge and tips to fight these pests and keep them out of your home.
Evil Invaders or Harmless House Guests?
The answer is a little of both. Silvery and scaled, silverfish are mostly household nuisances not known to bite or carry disease. That said, no one likes to find these creepy creatures inside the home. Plus, the pests damage all kinds of stuff around the house. Their diet favors carbs and sugars, and they love everything from wallpaper glue to clothing to books and boxes. Your family photos are not safe from silverfish. And a photo album, well, that’s just a multi-course meal! They even have the audacity to invade your kitchen, chewing through cereal boxes and getting into cooking canisters of flour and sugar.
Our Top Tips for Eliminating Silverfish
The key to eliminating silverfish is prevention and making your home a less desirable environment. Follow these tips to help pest-proof your home.
- Eliminating silverfish starts with eliminating moisture in your home. These pests prefer damp or humid environments like bathrooms or basements, especially if there are leaky pipes, dripping faucets, or any moisture issues. For a damp basement use a dehumidifier, and make sure bathrooms are ventilated.
- The next step is to inspect your home for any points of entry. Indoors and out, seal up any cracks or crevices in walls or foundations and around windows and doors. Repair torn window screens and patch up gaps around pipes or utility lines entering the home.
- Keeping a clean house is essential. Dusting and vacuuming regularly removes silverfish food sources. In the kitchen, store food in airtight containers, wipe up crumbs, and never leave out leftovers. Take the garbage out often.
- Silverfish love to hide in and feed on piles of paper and cardboard, so remove stacks of old newspapers or magazines and trade cardboard boxes for plastic storage bins.
Let Us Help
Silverfish are nocturnal critters and notorious hiders. They are also super fast. Try to kill one by hand and watch it wiggle away fast into a crack or crevice, or any opening that their flat bodies fit but humans have a hard time reaching. At the first sign of an infestation, call in an expert. Contact Free Spray Lawn Care today at [phone] and we’ll eliminate silverfish and any other pest problems for you.