The single most common, yet preventable, cause of lawn damage through the fall and winter is leaves. Leaves and other debris left on your lawn will quickly cause damage by smothering the turf. For example, ever left a board on your lawn for a week or two and then picked it up? Same thing happens with leaves. In as little as a week, depending on the number and density of the leaves/debris, your grass will start to die. And the first thing to fill the void left by your departed grass is moss.

Raking is relatively effective, and certainly better than doing nothing. Raking can also be more effective by removing heavier debris such as twigs and bark that may wash out of flowerbeds during heavy rain. However, just raking usually will not remove the finer leaves and debris, and also can damage the turf, pulling out clumps of grass.

The best way to remove leaves and debris from your turf, especially in soggy conditions (rare though that may be in our area!), is using a good quality leaf blower. Electric is ok, but a mix gas powered blower is better, providing faster, more thorough results.

Additional benefits of using a leaf blower include:

  • *Little to no damage to the turf.
  • * Much more efficient removal of smaller debris, especially fir and pine needles, which do double
  • damage by not only smothering turf, but also raise the acidity of your soil (good for moss, bad for grass).
  • *Using a blower will also “fluff up” matted grass, greatly aiding the recovery process.
  • *A blower saves time, and it is important to keep leaves and debris of your lawn REGULARLY.
  • Not allowing build-up is the best preventable action in turf damage.
Aside from a good quality lawn mower, a good quality leaf blower is the best piece of equipment you
should have in your landscape maintenance arsenal.