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Gathering up the leaves in the fall is truly a tedious job. To the delight of many gardeners, experts recommend leaving the leaves on beds as a natural fertilizer. But does that also apply to the lawn? How does a lawn develop under a thick layer of leaves in winter?

Leaves take the light out of the lawn

Be sure to remove leaves from the lawn

In contrast to your plants, which usually go into hibernation at the same time as the trees shed their leaves, your lawn will continue to grow, albeit not as quickly. Right now the grass is dependent on sufficient oxygen and light to convert the factors into energy. Autumn leaves that remain lying do not allow light or oxygen to reach the stalks. This resulted in yellow spots, which became noticeable in spring at the latest. On top of that, rot can even occur if the moisture does not escape from the leaves.

What to do about stains on the lawn?

The stains mentioned are the rust fungus. When it occurs, yellowish pustules usually appear in places on the lawn. This is, among other things, a sign of insufficient nutrients in the soil. However, since you should not fertilize your lawn with leaves, a lawn fertilizer containing potassium can help in this case. You should also mow your lawn before winter sets in.

Useful tips for collecting leaves

The only question left is how best to remove the leaves from the lawn. The most common, albeit the most laborious, method is raking. With the lawn mower, however, the work goes much faster. In addition, the following advantages arise with the help of machines:

  • Leaves are crushed at the same time
  • Leaves remain in the catch basket
  • no bending
  • Foliage is completely removed
  • also possible on windy days

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