Question From: P. O'Toole - Saint Charles, Michigan, United States
Q: We have a lot of trees in our yard. We have a variety of pine trees, tons of scrub oak, maple and several other species of trees. To say we have a lot of leaves in the fall is an understatement. Some areas we keep clear and mow, but others are more wild. In the wild areas there are a ton of leaves around the trees. What I would like to know is, do the stacks of leaves around the pine trees harm them? I have started clearing out around some of them, and wonder if I am helping or hurting them. Some of the trees don't look very healthy, and I was thinking it was because the leaves are suffocating the roots. What do you think? Thank you for your help.
Mother Nature does not clear away leaves in the fall. Sounds like your trees may be over-crowded and they may be shading out the lower part of the pines. I would have a professional assess your landscape to see what the situation is. To find a certified arborist in your area, go to www.tcia.org and enter your zip code