Leaves in Your Gutters – A Guide to Fall Foliage for Massachusetts Homeowners

gutter-leaf-protectionWhile thousands upon thousands of Americans travel hundreds and sometimes even thousands of miles to come to New England just to see our beautiful fall foliage, for Massachusetts homeowners, controlling those red, yellow and orange leaves once they begin to fall can be a nightmare. To help homeowners take control over the leaf situation on their property, we created this helpful seasonal guide.

An Ounce of Prevention
The best way to stay on top of leaves on your property is to prevent the issues that can cause the most damage and hassle before they even happen. The number one complaint heard from homeowners this time of year is in regard to clogged gutters. Clogged residential gutters can lead to water and winter damage, which can stick homeowners with costly repairs. Using a gutter guard protection system, such as the Leaf Relief Gutter Guard Protector, can help.

The Leaf Relief Gutter Guard Protector provides 100% protection from blockage caused by leaves and is 99-100% effective at blocking twigs from getting into your gutters. Additionally, for homeowners who have pine trees or live in areas surrounded by forest, this gutter guard protection system can provide 97% blockage from pine needle penetration. The system is weather resistant, able to withstand winds up to 110 mph when professionally installed.

Upgrading your gutters to seamless aluminum gutters can also help to protect your home. Unlike traditional gutters, which can leak or sag over time, seamless aluminum gutters can stand up to just about anything a New England winter can throw at them. Richie’s Insulation can provide professional installation of seamless aluminum gutters, with or without gutter guard protection, to help reduce damage caused by leaves year round.

Safety is a Great Motivator
In addition to keeping seamless aluminum gutters clean and free of clogs, Massachusetts homeowners need to think about safety. While some towns and communities have residents line up piles of leaves on the street for pick-up, this can actually be quite dangerous. Leaves that blow around can cause street flooding if they get into the storm drains, which can lead to pollution in the local ground water supply.

Piling up leaves on the curb can lead to a chain reaction of negative events. Leaves blow out into the street, get wet by weather or normal drainage in the neighborhood and begin to decompose. The nutrients that come naturally from the decomposition then enters the ground water supply, causing levels of organic pollutants to rise. Dry leaves can also lead to fires caused by mufflers and engines of cars.

Burning leaves can cause irritants and dangerous greenhouse gas emissions to poison the local air quality, so even if it is allowed in your town or community, you should find another solution. Because of all the side-effects caused by piling leaves for pick-up and burning leaves to aid in removal, we will list some more healthy, earth-friendly alternatives.

How to Naturally Get Rid of Leaves
One of the best ways for Massachusetts homeowners to get rid of fall leaves is to use those leaves for composting. Take leaves from your yard and from clogged residential gutters to collect for your compost bin. Because there are so many leaves that fill yards, backyards and even unprotected seamless aluminum gutters, you might need to expand your composting options for the fall season.

One of the best ways to maximize space for composting leaves during this time of year is to use a simple plan for collecting, storing and composting these valuable leaves for use in your garden. Start by raking and collecting leaves into an area of your yard where you want to store them. Massachusetts homeowners should check with local laws and restrictions to make sure they aren’t inadvertently breaking any laws or requirements with regard to composting fall leaves.

The leaves that you collect from your yard or from clogged residential gutters can be mulched down with a lawnmower to break them down even faster. At this point you can sometimes use fragmented leaves in your flower beds, around trees or pulverize them to a fine mulch for use on your lawn. The leaves that you are going to compost can be raked into a pile. You can make a cheap, but effective, corral out of a temporary three foot high landscape fencing.

Contact Richie’s Insulation for a Professional Estimate
Richie’s Insulation has been serving residential and commercial clients throughout Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Rhode Island and Connecticut for many years. Give us a call at 508-678-4474 and learn about all we have to offer to your next residential or commercial project.