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Fall Yard Reminders

Fall Yard RemindersOct 6, 2020

Fall Brings Falling Leaves
Leaves are nature’s way of providing nutrients for your lawn and garden. Chopped leaves feed the soil. The job takes little time and the materials are free. A mulching-type lawn mower will chop the
leaves which you will need to leave over winter. You can leave ½inch to 1 inch of chopped leaves on the grass. Just be sure some grass blades are sticking up above the mulch. The mulch will settle
down in a few weeks. The organic material settles into the soil under the turn and causes a microbial population explosion, which reduces soil compaction, improves water storage, and leads to better
drainage. Perhaps most important , these microbes are producing food for the grass plants all the way into early next summer, reducing fertilizer needs.

If you have a huge amount of leaves or you choose not to mulch, please remember not to blow the leave into the street where they can clogged the storm sewers.

Clean Streams Start with Healthy Soil
Soil Compaction and lack of soil organic matter is not only a sure death sentence to all plant life, but it has the potential to pollute our streams and rivers and harm the aquatic life too. The trouble starts when not enough nutrients or moisture is in the ground when your lawn needs it to green and grow. Both challenges can be overcome with a little time and effort. There are five simple steps you can take to start mending your yard, beginning with the soil.

1. Re-open compacted ground through aeration, which mechanically creates voids in your yard by removing small plugs or soil cores.
2. Re-fill newly created soil voids with quality compost.
3. Re-seed with quality grass seed.
4. Rake for a good “seed to soil contact.”
5. Water as needed and watch it thrive.

Information was provided through the Iowa Storm Water Education Program and USDA NRCS.