If you live within or around a forested area, you’re more than familiar with the amount of pine needles you have to deal with, especially during autumn. When they fall on your yard, they decompose and become a good source of organic matter in the form of mulch. But if they build up too much on your roof and you don’t clear them off, they can turn into a fire hazard.
Fortunately, there are several ways to deal with them efficiently and keep your roof clean.
Use and Invest in the Right Equipment
You might already own a standard rake or lawn mower, but you should know that they’re not the most effective tools for clearing out pine needles. A rake that’s designed to specifically collect pine needles can make a big difference in your cleaning efforts, so make sure that you’re using the right equipment for the job.
You should also invest in other specialized equipment, such as a lawn sweeper. This tool uses a rotating bristle to sweep debris off your lawn and into a collection area. It collects not only pine needles, but also dead leaves and even pine cones! It provides quicker and more efficient work than using specialized rakes or traditional bag mowers.
Maintain Your Gutters
Keeping your gutters well-maintained is crucial to ensuring water runoff is directed away from your property. There are many ways you can do this: one of them involves using a garden hose attached to a gutter cleaning wand to clear out the pine needles and other debris. This essentially uses pressurized water to spray everything off the system without using a ladder. It also helps to inspect your gutters quarterly to check for any sign of debris building up inside them while also cleaning them at least twice a year.
Invest in a Proper Gutter Protection System
Gutter guards provide a simple yet effective way to keep leaves, pine needles and other debris from getting inside your gutters while also reducing the need to clean your gutters regularly. There are several different types of gutter protection systems available on the market – meshes, brushes and screens, to name a few – but they pale in comparison to Gutter Helmet®.
Gutter Helmet has a patented nose-forward design that lets rainwater into your gutters while shedding off pine needles, leaves and other organic debris landing on your roof. To have this amazing solution for your home installed, get in touch with the team at Gutter Helmet of Northern Minnesota. Give us a call at (866) 937-3508 to request a free quote. You can also fill out our online contact form. We serve homeowners in Minnesota, including Duluth and the rest of St. Louis County.