Oh wait, I remember why fall stinks – Mother Nature sheds all over your yard and doesn’t bother to pick it up. Beautiful or not, leaves are a bummer, especially if you have a lot of property.
Now, some people love doing yard work. If you get some kind of personal satisfaction out of maintaining your lawn and grounds, by all means, carry on. But if you’re like me, you can think of about a thousand things you’d rather do than spend what little free time you have scraping dead foliage into piles and hauling them to the curb.
Good news! There are methods of dealing with autumn leaves that are both efficient and keep your lawn looking good:
Mow ‘Em Down
Provided you mow your lawn on a regular basis and don’t have a foot of coverage, chances are you can just cut your grass, leaves and all. You may think this is cheating; but not only is it a timesaver, but it’s actually good for your lawn! Two-fer!
Just set your mower to its highest deck setting and cut the grass. Leaves will be sucked up and cut into tiny, nutrient-rich particles that will coat your grass and eventually soak into the turf, feeding your lawn.
Michigan State University has a great article that gets into the specifics and some techniques if you want to learn more.
Break Out the Tarp
If you’re partial to raking, you know that one of the most frustrating things is the constant bending over and stuffing of piled leaves into yard bags. If only you could roll up your grass and funnel the leaves into the trash.
Oh wait, you kind of can.
Grab a cheap tarp from your local hardware store and rake some room in your grass to lay it down. Then, rake all of your leaves onto the tarp, instead of into piles. When you’re done, or the tarp is full, drag it to the curb, or shake the leaves into bags.
Invest in the Latest Leaf Removal Technology
If you’re on a mission to avoid having to rake the traditional way, there are plenty of companies with cool devices and improved tools that are happy to help.
- Blowers – This is a no-brainer. If you’re bemoaning the amount of leaf debris you have to rake, grab a blower instead. Some fancier ones come with vacuum attachments that let you suck them up, mulch them and dump the remnants into bags quickly and easily.
- Lawn Vacuums – The tactics and devices outlined above should be enough to help the average homeowner. However, if you have a lot of property and lots of leaves to contend with, you might want to break out the heavy artillery. A lawn vacuum is just what it sounds like – instead of cutting your grass, it sucks everything up into a large bag that you empty. A few passes with a lawn vacuum and your yard should be as clean as your carpet, assuming you vacuum your carpet.
- Leaf Claws – Rakes are great for moving leaves across your lawn, but not necessarily for bagging them. Leaf Claws, or similar devices, go on your hands to help efficiently scoop as many as you can in one take, reducing the amount of labor involved. They’re also cool if you want to walk around looking like you have plastic claws for hands.
There’s no shame in admitting that leaf removal is a hassle. But with a few bucks and some efficient thinking, you can save lots of time on your fall lawn maintenance.
How do you deal with leaves? Do you have any other tips to share? Tell us in the comments!