In case you haven’t noticed, the leaves in our area of Georgia are starting to come down in force. Our fall cleanup process involves leaf and debris removal, among other things, which not only makes your property look cleaner but it actually impacts your lawn’s health.

Standing leaves are the perfect invitation for lawn disease to thrive, and these various diseases can cause serious damage. Learn how fall cleanups can prevent lawn disease in Woodstock, Roswell, Alpharetta, and other nearby areas of Georgia.

Leaving leaves on your lawn will create a perfect environment for lawn diseases

When leaves are actively falling from the trees and the air is crisp, it’s a beautiful sight. And raking leaves is time-consuming and boring, so why bother cleaning up, right?

Let’s look at it this way. Leaves stay on the ground, then autumn rain comes. Then winter sleet, snow, and ice. That’s a lot of moisture, and leaves start to decay and create a thick layer of rot above the grass. Those leaves aren’t so pretty anymore.

Not only do these leaves get slimy and wet but all of that moisture has created the perfect situation for another problem: disease in the form of mold, mildew, and fungi.

Dollar Spot

Dollar spot lawn disease at a home in Alpharetta, GA.

Dollar spot is actually a fungus that causes silver dollar-sized bare spots on a lawn. This fungus prefers high humidity, cool evenings, and relatively warm days, just like we have in the fall. A layer of wet leaves creates the humidity that can help the fungi flourish.

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Leaf Spot

Leaf spot lawn disease at a Woodstock, GA property.

Leaf spot is caused by a fungal infection and creates dead spots on grass blades and can eventually kill the grass. Leaf spot, like other fungus diseases, prefers moist conditions. It often impacts bluegrasses, tall fescue, and ryegrass.

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Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew on a leaf in a Roswell, GA yard.

Powdery mildew isn’t one of the most serious diseases, but it can still cause damage when ignored. This disease (that looks like white powder) prefers conditions that are moist and have low air circulation, which is exactly what happens when you leave the leaves where they are, as they create a moisture and air barrier.

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Spring Dead Spot

Spring dead spot lawn disease at a Woodstock, GA property.

Despite the name, this fungal disease actually starts in the fall. At its peak, the fungi causes rot through all parts of the grass, including the roots. The drier and warmer the winter soil, the less likely spring dead spot will emerge in the spring. That being said, a layer of cold, wet leaves that sits all winter does nothing more than create a perfect atmosphere for the lawn disease to thrive.

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Are you ready to schedule a fall cleanup service? Call us today.

Fall cleanups help prevent lawn diseases from thriving and destroying your lawn. Our lawn care experts understand common lawn threats in Woodstock, Roswell, Alpharetta, and nearby areas of north Georgia and can help clean up everything that the fall season gives us.

If the leaves are starting to pile up, schedule a fall cleanup today by calling (770) 627-5012 and speak to one of our team members.

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