Leaves are one of the most captivating aspects of the fall season. They are a spectacle to watch as they fall from the trees around you, and they can be fun for kids as they jump into leaf piles. However, there are problems that these leaves can present, and one problem that can arise is damage on your fence and gate. Today, we’re going to look at how leaves can cause damage to your fence and gate so you can stop this damage from appearing in the first place.
Usually, water doesn’t present itself as a problem because it will evaporate your fence fairly quickly. Water evaporates more quickly when leaves aren’t around because your fencing gets plenty of exposure to the air.
If leaves have a chance to pile around your fencing, however, moisture retention becomes more problematic. Leaves hold in water more easily, and they prevent your fencing from getting as much air exposure. This means your fence will hold water for a longer period of time, and this makes it more likely for your fence to develop water damage.
If there are leaves around the edges of your fence, water will splash up frequently anytime there is rainy weather. This results in streaks of dirt developing along your fence’s bottom. Keeping leaves off of your fencing will stop this dirt from ever accumulating.
Leaves serve to attract a wide range of different insects to your fencing. This is mainly because of the water-retaining properties of leaves. Insects will be drawn to the water that leaves hold.
Leaves do more than offer water to insects, though. They also serve as shelter, and there are many insects that will bury inside of your fencing if there are leaves nearby. Keeping leaves off of your fence is important for ensuring that insects never turn your fence into their new home.
You’ll want water flowing away from your house, and it will typically flow down a specified path. Leaves can cause disruptions, however. With enough leaves around your property, water may have a tough time escaping your property. Clearing out your leaves will ensure your drainage system works as it should.
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