A lot of trees in western Massachusetts still have their leaves, due to the warm start to fall which delayed foliage.
But if your yard is covered with leaves, not removing them before the snow starts coming down can be harmful to your grass.
22News went to the Sixteen Acres Garden Center in Springfield o speak to an expert on the importance of cleaning up your yard before it’s covered with snow.
There we also learned that not mowing your yard before snowfall, can add to your problems.
“A healthy lawn is good because that will fight fungus any kind of fungal diseases,” said store manager, Nalini Benoit. “But even after the snow if there are any heaps or anything like that, throw the snow so it melts.”
One of those funguses is snow mold, which can damage or kill your grass.
Benoit also suggests checking your yard for weak trees. When snow accumulates on them, it can cause damage to your property.
You can also protect fragile shrubs and plants by covering them.