Tired of cleaning out your gutters every year? You’re not alone. But since typical gutters must be maintained in order to function correctly, and since so many people forget or delay their maintenance duties, smaller and more manageable issues inevitably develop into larger, costly affairs. We always recommend hiring a professional when it comes to your gutter needs, and we’re happy to help if your home is in or around Greensboro, High Point, or Burlington, NC. Contact Alamance Insulation and Gutters today to get started!
Most people love autumn unless they’re responsible for dead leaves in yards and in gutters. Leaf litter poses a serious threat whenever it accumulates in gutters. Storm drains and gutters are designed so that water can flow quickly after a rainfall. But if drains or gutters become blocked or clogged, you might have a serious flooding issue on your hands. What’s worse? Cleaning leaves out of your gutters, or your home and yard flooding?
Leaf litter decomposes quickly in gutters, and this may release more nutrients into surface water after rain. You want to prevent this because algae might grow if not. That being said, a certain amount of nutrients from decomposing leaves will actually help your plants grow in your garden and lawn, but not too much.
So what’s the proper way to get rid of leaf litter and yard debris? Use leaf litter and grass clippings as mulch for your flower beds, vegetable gardens, or along fences to prevent weed growth. Mulch has numerous benefits to the soil; it helps retain moisture, insulates and protects from temperature fluctuation, and improves soil health through the addition of nutrients via decomposition. Mulch can also help protect the quality of local lakes and streams by reducing soil erosion and storm water runoff.
You could also add the material to your compost; leaves are rich in minerals and nutrients. Grinding them with the lawnmower before adding to the compost will ensure that they release their nutrients and accelerate the composting process. Leaves add carbon and fibrous material to your compost pile, so it’s best to balance their contribution with a nitrogen source. Fortunately, grass clippings are high in nitrogen, so yard debris becomes a winning combination in your compost pile!
Allow grass clippings or ground leaves to dry and decompose in place. They won’t smother your grass; in fact they will add nutrients and help retain soil moisture.
We understand that these steps aren’t always as simple as they sound. If this is the case and you’d rather a professional handle cleaning the leaves out of your gutters for you, contact Alamance Insulation and Gutters today. We’d love to help!