Last week the first snow of the season moved into the area. While it wasn't much on here on Grand Island it did put an end to the lawn care season.
The grass has gone largely dormant as the days don't get warm enough for the grass to grow quickly. Most home owners have raked the leaves and only the stragglers remain on the trees, these few leaves won't present much of a problem as they continue to fall. If the weather is dry enough it is a good idea to mow the leaves so they mulch into the grass and will decay faster as nature takes its course.
In areas of a yard where leaves pile up they will need to be dealt with in the Spring if you can't get to them before heavy snow arrives or they will damage the lawn. BUT wait some say, no one rakes the woods and the leaves break down just fine. They provide natural fertilizer for the trees!!
While this is true, you don't see much lawn type grass growing in the woods because the heavy layer of leaves would prevent the sun from reaching it and kill off the grass so a home owner that wants to have a cleared (lawn) area around their home needs to deal with these thick layers of leaves. Also for those living near woods here on the Island keeping the area around the house clear can help reduce unwanted pests that hide in tall grasses and bushes such as field mice and ticks.
But for now it is time to winterize the lawn care equipment and enjoy the holidays. Soon the winter winds will blow in storms that can make us forget how green the yards look most of the year. In a short time (not short enough for some of us :) ) it will be time to once again consider how to best care for our lawns. Perhaps you would consider using Island Mowing this coming year. You can contact us for a FREE estimate and be put on our schedule for 2017.