Cleaning all the leaves from your lawn can be tedious and frustrating. Especially when you spend all day raking your lawn, just to wake up the next day to your lawn covered in leaves once again. Or worse, you have compiled the perfect leaf pile just to have your dog decide the pile was too enticing not to go run and jump in. Which then sends the leaves flying around your yard all over again. But, despite all the grueling work yard clean ups entail, it seems like every suburban dad has their own “leaf raking hacks” they live by each fall.
Why Do We Rake The Leaves In Our Yard?
While fallen, dead leaves will eventually break down, that process can take weeks or even months. Its best to tackle this problem mid-autumn when most or all of the leaves have fallen. The leaves covering your lawn block sunlight, which you probably know, isn’t good for your lawn. It’s best to rake and remove the leaves from your lawn, or hire a yard cleanup service in the fall.
So What’s So Scary About Leaves In My Lawn?
Pests love to hide in fallen leaves, especially in the fall and early spring when they seek shelter from the cold air. The most common pests will be your typical beetles, caterpillars, ants, roaches and other bugs. However, harmful bugs like termites and ticks will also find comfort in your fallen leaves and begin to call them home. Leaves can even hold water that mosquitoes need to reproduce, and they do so in large numbers. The past few years have seen high activity for ticks and other harmful insects, they don’t just go away when the Summer ends.
Common bugs that love to make home under the leaves:
- Inch Worms
- And countless others
Okay, I’ll Have To Handle Bugs In My Lawn, So What?
The smaller pests aren’t the only thing to be on the lookout for. Spiders, centipedes, mice and even snakes are on the hunt for food before winter, and that means they will go wherever these little insects are hiding. These and other critters will live in the piles of leafs until the weather becomes too cold outside, but then they’ll be looking for a warm place to take shelter. And yes, this warmer place to live is most likely your own house.
Pests that thrive in and under leaves around your home:
Yard Pests Are Annoying, But Not The Biggest Danger…
Lastly, while leaves typically will decay back into the soil, that doesn’t happen overnight. If the leaves sit outside and dry out for a long enough period of time without rain, they become an excellent source of kindling to start a fire. So if your intention was to potentially light your yard, car or house on fire, mission accomplished. Check out the news story below on how common it is for leaf piles to cause car fires.
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