The Fall leaves look beautiful right now. Unfortunately, this means that most of them will be falling to the ground soon. You may try to delay cleaning them up until all the leaves have fallen, but there are many reasons why you may not want to wait. Here’s the importance of cleaning up fall leaves.
1. Danger of Wet Leaves
Leaves can get wet from overnight dew and/or rain. Wet leaves are actually quite slippery, especially if they build up. You likely have many people on your property on a daily basis, whether they be delivery men, neighbors, or visitors. If anyone falls from walking on wet leaves, this could result in a lawsuit. To minimize the dangers, clean up your leaves (or at least gather them up away from walkways) before they present a danger.
2. Damage to Grass
A healthy lawn during the fall ensures a beautiful one in the spring. A large build up of leaves will prevent your lawn from breathing properly. Lack of sunlight and proper moisture may also quickly turn your lawn yellow. It is best to gather up those leaves and prevent damage from occurring.
3. Insects and Moisture Near Your Home
If you have wood siding that sits low, it is important not to let a pile of leaves build up against your foundation and touch that siding. This can cause rot and/or mold on your wood shingles. Clean up the leaves or allow them to pile up in a different location.
Importance of Cleaning Up Fall Leaves
No matter what the season, there are tasks that you must complete to help maintain and/or improve the safety of your home. Leaf cleanup is one of those tasks. There are tools that may make the job a little easier. For example, you can wait for the leaves to dry and use a leaf blower or leaf vacuum. Another option is to lawn mow and leave the crushed leaves as fertilizer for your lawn. Regardless of which approach you take to cleaning up fall leaves, the important thing is that you do not let them build up to a point where they create a problem.