Those beautiful leaves that bring shade on a hot summer's day, can do real damage to your lawn come Fall. Raking and blowing leaves off of your yard is a task most people associate with Autumn. This task can prevent diseases like snow mold, and fungus growth on your lawn. Some people like to rake for exercise, and others like to use an electric or gas leaf blower, or power mower to take care of leaves.
If leaves are left on your grass too long, they can mat and eventually kill the grass. Some leaves take longer to decompose. For example, ash and birch are quicker to decompose than beech, or oak leaves.
Snow mold is a fungal disease that shows up in the early spring when snow melts. Snow mold is either gray or pink. Pink snow mold is more damaging because it attacks the crown of a plant, where grey snow mold only attacks the plant's tissues.
If leaves are left on your lawn throughout the winter, your grass cannot get enough air. The grass below it can may not get enough water, or have too much water trapped below the leaves. This will eventually suffocate the roots of your lawn. The same can happen with bushes and shrubs.
Leaves can be reused in gardens and in plant beds. If you choose to compost your leaves, they can benefit your garden. Likewise, some people use a mulching lawn mower to go over the leaves. The mower chops up the leaves and when they get into the soil, it can improve the health of your lawn.
Besides lawn damage, mice may nest in leaves left on the ground. Leaves can be a breeding ground for ticks and fleas. Ticks generally reside on low lying vegetation, and can transmit Lyme disease in humans.
Lyme disease is an inflammatory disease usually seen during the late spring, summer, and early fall. Most of the cases are in the Northeast, and in some areas of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and on the Pacific coast. Lyme disease presents flu like symptoms. Sometimes there is a bulls-eye looking rash. leaf removal. leaf removal. Most people with Lyme disease must be monitored for 30 days.
Deer ticks that carry Lyme disease are so tiny, many people never see the tick that infected them. In the early stages, Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics. Severe nervous system and heart complications can occur if left untreated.