To Rake or Not to Rake

One of the most labor-intensive landscaping chores has to be raking leaves; so, why do it? Many landowners feel that raking prevents their lawns or turf from being smothered, which could cause discoloration and failure to thrive later on. Where do these leaves go after they are raked? In most cases, leaves end up in trash bags, on the curb, for the landfill.

A better approach to taking care of the leaves and foliage that falls around your property is to mow over them, creating a sort of mulch that can be good for the landscape and lawn. Industry experts recommend this practice around once a week, during autumn and fall seasons when the drop is at its height.

Some compelling arguments exist for not raking the yard this year, including these advantages:

Free Fertilizer

Leaves make an excellent, all-natural fertilizer for the lawn, garden, and landscape. The leaves will decompose ad biodegrade, adding rich nutrients and minerals to the earth below. Mowing breaks this plant matter down quickly and allows it to be absorbed more effectively. Plus, mowing can help till and aerate the space, which helps next year’s lawn and garden thrive and prosper.

Less in Landfill

When you rake up all the leaves and foliage on your property, what do you do with it? Most homeowners would report filling large plastic bags with the debris and leaving it curbside or delivering it to their local landfill. Think about what this adds to the carbon footprint that we- as humans- leave behind: over time, it is astounding. Choosing not to rake your property saves on landfills and reduces waste many-fold; it is the responsible, eco-friendly way to go.

Natural Ecosystem

The leaves that cover the ground are beneficial to the ecosystem all around your home and property. This plant matter contributes to the natural environment by providing shelter during cooler seasons for wildlife, like insects, rodents, and amphibians- depending on where you live. It also serves as a protective layer for plants that lie underneath.

Better than Mulch

Speaking of a protective layer, leaves are much better than mulch for protecting during off seasons- and they are free! Mulch is layered on lawns, gardens, and greenspaces to protect it from the winter weather; use the leaves that are available to you instead. When tilling or mowing, spread to cover the area in a generous layer.

Sweat Equity

Who really wants to rake a yard on their day off or during the weekend? It can be back breaking and tedious work; skip raking and mow or till enough to aerate the greenspace for the coming winter. In spring, you will have a lush, well-preserved, and fertilized yard.

Whether you need raking or other landscaping tasks, talk to a Commercial Landscaping and Ground Services Company in Charleston, SC, at Carolina Services Grounds Division, for a consultation and free estimate today. Skip raking this year and take advantage of these benefits!