Leaf & Debris Removal

Leaf & Debris Removal

Piles of dry leaves can clog drains and cause slow drainage of water or even flooding. Standing water damages hardscapes and lawns as it causes water stress and deterioration. Dry leaves that become wet in the rain will become heavy and start to rot. They can suppress the grass beneath, creating an ideal environment for fungus and mold. Leaves on lawns also block the grass from receiving sunlight to grow, thus weakening them.

Unwanted debris such as fallen branches, overgrowth, and plant waste should be cleared to maintain the health and appearance of a landscape. If a property is littered with debris, it will reduce the curb appeal. Cleaning a landscape of leaves and debris can be time-consuming work without the right equipment.

At Down To Earth Landscape & Irrigation, we use quality equipment to remove fallen leaves and organic debris to relieve landscapes of unwanted clutter.

Frequently Asked Questions

According to science, 10 to 20 percent of the leaves can be left where they fall. These leaves will break down and naturally fertilize the lawn. They even provide a habitat for the good insects, thus keeping the cycle of the landscape ecosystem going. The problem arises when the leaves start to cover more than 20 percent of a lawn. If large areas of a landscape do not receive sunlight because the leaves are blocking them, then this could give rise to fungus and mold infestation, which is to be avoided at all costs. Excess leaves also prevent air from reaching the grass, thus suffocating them.

The general rule of thumb is to remove leaves every three days or so to prevent them from piling up, but this can vary depending on the location and the types of trees. If the trees have big leaves or a landscape experiences frequent leaf-drop, they might need to be removed frequently. Check how long it takes for the leaves to cover 20 percent of the lawn and then decide on a leaf removal frequency based on that. 

We understand that regular leaf removal is not always possible. Therefore, you can choose to hand the responsibility to us. We will consult with you and form a leaf removal schedule based on your needs.

The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program suggests recycling yard waste instead of bagging all of it and taking it to a landfill. Or put these leaves in a compost pile, creating a source of rich organic material to add to the soil.

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