Fall can make your garden enchanting with red, brown and golden tones. But the bane of every homeowner’s existence during fall is leaves and sticks clogging your gutters. They are the worst kind of nuisance because the twigs and leaves can actually damage your home if left unchecked. If you already have stick and leaves clogging your gutters, clean them immediately, or call professionals like gutter guards Atlanta.
But if you’re still in the clear, here are some ways you can minimize the number of stray sticks and leaves both in your gutters and in your garden:
Clean the Gutters, and use Gutter Guards
Every homeowner (or renter) should understand how to keep your gutters from overflowing, which could result in damage to your home’s facades and walls. Sticks and leaves in your gutters also attract animals, who can use them to create their nests. It can be an irritating situation.
To avoid all these problems, you’ll have to clean your gutters regularly. This can be a tricky, and somewhat dangerous task, as it requires you to climb to gutter height, but you have to carefully remove all leaves and sticks. Just be sure to wear quality gloves to protect your hands. You can also use a garden tool to scoop and scrape away dry leaves and sticks.
After a thorough cleaning, have gutter guards installed. They’ll keep leaves, sticks and other debris out of your gutters and allow water to flow free and clear. Plus, they’ll prevent you from having to get up there to clean the gutters again.
If fall finds you with a layer of dry leaves on your garden, you can shear them with a powerful mower. Remove any large sticks and debris, then rake dry leaves to spread them equally. Set the level of mover high to mow over leaves. If the pile of leaves is too high for the mower, slightly elevate it on its back wheels and mow over leaves carefully. Once complete, you can leave the mulch to nourish your lawn, or you can pick it up and add the clippings to a compost bin. Be sure to protect your eyes with safety glasses.
Preparing your own compost and mulch can help to maintain moisture in the soil and improve the health of your lawn and garden. You can prepare your compost by recycling garden waste, including those pesky twigs and leaves, along with other organic materials like leftover cardboard and food scraps. Just be sure to use an equal ratio of brown (sticks and leaves) to green (food) waste.
Moreover, you can use old leaves to make leaf mold. It is an all-leaf compost and involves storing and collecting leaves in wire bins or plastic bags. Maintain the moisture of leaves and wait until the fungi take over. Dry leaves can be disintegrated into a compost-like, dark substance that has all the essential minerals you’ll need for your garden.