After the leaves have turned, they tumble, and cleaning them up is an essential but dreaded autumn chore. Fortunately, there are techniques to ease the task, and a few handy tools that will save you time and frustration. So you can enjoy fall’s bounty but have a leaf-free lawn before the first snow falls.
Mow, Don’t Rake:
If the leaf coverage isn’t too thick, you can run a mulching mower over the leaves until they’re broken up into little bits that will decompose back into the lawn. Reintroducing these nutrients could even reduce next year’s weeds.
Think Ahead With a Tarp:
Lay down a large tarp to catch leaves as they fall, or rake leaves onto one after the fact. This particular tarp wraps around a leaf pile, making it easy to haul up to 100 pounds (so it’s a good workout to boot).
Lift More With Leaf Scoops:
Wearing these nifty scoopers is like having giant claws that can lift up bunches of leaves in a cinch. They’ll catch smaller objects and pine needles as well so you can transfer them to bags more easily.
Snag a Snake Rake:
Invest in an ergonomic aluminum rake like the Snake Rake. The offset handles and adjustable length will save you from back aching pain.
Don’t Forget the Pine:
Pine needles take a long time to degrade so keep them off the grass. A special pine rake will make the job easier.
Opt for Eco-Friendly Bags:
As you know we here at C’s are a GREEN COMPANY and always encourage being green whenever possible!