Well, the fall weather has finally arrived. The leaves are really coming down in earnest now, and before long we will have what my daughter likes to call “naked trees.” Depending on your preferences (and sometimes the pocketbook), you may want to have your leaves cleaned up intermittently as they fall, or you may want your leaves cleaned up all at once when the trees are fully naked. Whatever your preference, I recommend that you consider the following things.
First, what is the condition of your grass? Do you have a healthy lawn? Do you have a lot of leaves? If the answers to these questions are affirmative, then you should consider having the leaves removed intermittently, to prevent leaves accumulating and damaging the grass by preventing the sunlight to get to the green blades.
Second, will you be having mulch or pine needles spread? If so, this can be done anytime in the leaf-shedding process, but I recommend waiting at least a little while—if your aesthetic sensibilities can handle it. The longer you wait, the more of the organic matter from decaying leaves can be left on the property and even covered by mulch. This is a great thing for the long-term health of your property. As the leaves decay on your property, they return nutrients right there where your plants can take advantage of them. If you feel you just can’t wait to have mulch or pine needles spread, no worries. No harm will be done by going ahead and putting that down before all the leaves have fallen.
Third, will you want to pressure wash your sidewalk, your siding, or anything else? This can be done any time, of course, but if you wait till after the leaves have been removed and the mulch has been spread, then the deep-cleaning that pressure washing provides will last even longer, giving you a wintertime shine that lasts.