The Bad Effects Of Not Practicing Proper Lawn Care
The trees that bring shade over the summer can wreck your lawn come fall. 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 an essential obligation to your lawn as it prevents diseases such as snow mould and fungus. Some people rake to get a good work out from it and others prefer the electric or gas leaf blower or even a power mower to take care of the leaves.
The leaves will lay a carpet on your lawn and might seem harmless for some time, but be warned they can kill your grass. There are leaves that take time to decompose and eventually will destroy the lawn. Examples of fast decomposers are, birch and ash while the ones that take time to decompose are beech and oak leaves.
Snow mold shows up in the early spring when snow melts. The colors range from grey or pink. The colors show the scale 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.
Air is essential to every living tissue that is why allowing the leaves to stay on your lawn throughout winter will kill your grass through suffocation. The grass below it will either not get enough water or have too much trapped below the leaves. Eventually the roots of your lawn will get suffocated and die. The same will happen to the bushes and the shrubs.
You can, however, reuse the leaves in the gardens and plant beds. Compost the leaves if this idea is up your alley. They can actually bring some advantages to your garden. The mulching lawn mower will be a useful item in this situation. The mower cuts the leaves into small pieces that can penetrate the soil faster. This way they greatly improve the health of the lawn.
The leaves become a nest for mice. Ticks and fleas as well are attracted to such areas. The ticks will now easily transmit Lyme disease to the occupants of the lawn because they live in low vegetation.
Lyme disease is an inflammatory disease, and most of the times it’s seen during late spring, summer and early fall. A little look at its area coverage; it is common in areas such as Northeast, Minnesota, Wisconsin and on the Pacific coast. The symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to flu symptoms. Some other times the infected will show signs such as a bulls- eye looking rash. The infected should be observed for 30 days.
The ticks that cause Lyme disease are tiny and cannot be easily detected.