While many homeowners welcome the cool breezes of fall knowing that their days of sweating in the yard are over for the year, they know that it also means leaf removal season has arrived. People tend to dread getting rid of their leaves, as it can sometimes seem like a never-ending task as more and more debris falls onto the yard minutes after raking. However, leaf removal is incredibly important for your lawn, and putting in the extra effort now will set you up for a lush, healthy lawn after the spring thaw. Taking care of your leaf problem does’t have to be a burden with these simple techniques.
Raking has its detractors, but the fact remains that it’s still one of the most popular methods around for getting rid of unwanted leaves, especially for small to medium-sized yards. Rakes may not be one of the easiest ways to remove leaves, but they are inexpensive, easy to store, and they’re safe enough for anyone in the family to get out there and help you with the yard work. Many newer models are ergonomically designed to help reduce back pain, so look for one of those to make raking the leaves seem more like a pleasant day in the cool autumn air. You can also rake all of your leaves onto one large tarp to avoid having to pick up multiple smaller piles.
Leaf blowers make quick work of even the largest piles of leaves. They are one of the most popular tools for when you want to completely get rid of your leaves, but you don’t have the time to invest in raking. One downside is that leaf blowers don’t work very well if your leaves are wet, and high winds can make trying to control your direction difficult. Be careful if you’re choosing a battery powered model, as they often lack the power necessary for big jobs. You might be better off choosing a model that runs on gas.
One of the unintended benefits of leaves is that they make great mulch for your yard if you dispose of them properly. Although leaf mulch breaks down quickly, you can keep your grass and plants healthy throughout the autumn with regular mulching. All you need to do is use your regular mower to turn the dead leaves into pulp and let the grass soak up the nutrients.
Leaf vacuums offer a total leaf removal solution for your maintenance needs. They can vacuum up, shred, and even bag your leaves in a matter of minutes. Shredded leaves can also easily be added to your compost pile to aid your garden. The only issue is that they usually come with a price tag befitting such a machine, so this option is probably reserved for the hardcore yard workers.