Are you dreading the task of raking leaves? I cover the best way to pick up leaves, the best tools for the job, and what to do with the leaves once collected.
Although it seems such a simple task to clean your garden and yard, done in the wrong way can be a strain on the body. Along with being quite time-consuming for those of you with a lot of surrounding trees dropping large amounts of leaves.
Read on for my tips on what really is the best way to pick up leaves in your yard.
Is it Necessary to Pick Up Leaves?
Here at Leaf Blower Guides, I can make an argument for both sides on whether it is better to pick up leaves or leave them, as you will see later in my blog. But, first I want you to at least be aware of the possible effects of leaving fallen leaves.
Leaving too many on the lawn can smother the grass leading to soggy brown patches. While on the other hand, a thin layer of leaf mulch provides the lawn, flower beds, and other plants with extra nutrients.
Whereas, a build-up of wet leaves on the driveway can make it a slippery hazard. Not only could you slip and fall, but it is also possible that they may cause your vehicle to slide.
Consider both the pros and cons and make an educated decision on which option is better for your yard.
Best way to Pick Up Leaves in a Yard
Having the right tool for picking up leaves makes all the difference. But, which tools are best depends on the circumstances. Whether you have wet or dry leaves, the season, the size of your yard, and the type of vegetation to name but a few.
Fan rakes are a landscaper’s favorite tool. Designed specifically for raking leaves as they don’t dig into the ground and the wider design allowing you to get the job done faster.
Pick Up Rake
This clever dual-function design has to be the best way to pick up raked leaves works. A pickup rake is ideal for either bagging your fall leaves or for a more efficient way to transport them to the compost pile.
Scoops and Claws
Leaf Scoops or claws are probably, in my mind, the best way to pick up leaves after raking, whether you chose raking or used a leaf blower. Once you have your leaf piles you can easily grab your fallen leaves and pop them straight into the leaf bags, containers, or mulcher.
Using a leaf blower has to be one of the fastest and easiest methods for gathering leaves. Making it one of the best ways to collect and pick up leaves while avoiding raking.
For the smaller property, there is a good selection of small electric leaf blowers. While larger gas leaf blowers are great for larger properties. Probably the best way to pick up a lot of leaves for those of you that have a large number of trees dropping leaves in the fall.
The advantage of a leaf vacuum over a portable leaf blower is that the leaf bag collects them as you go. Definitely, the best way to pick up leaves without raking. And, better still, a leaf vacuum mulches the leaves as it sucks them up.
Becoming more popular over recent years, there is now a wider selection of leaf vacuums available on the market to choose from.
A mulching mower is a fantastic tool for keeping a healthy lawn because it does the mulching job for you. The mulcher blade turns grass clippings and fallen leaves into tiny pieces, which then slowly decompose and feeding nutrients back into the soil.
This can be done with a regular lawn mower although you may have to go over it a couple of times. This thin layer of leaf litter will work as a natural fertilizer for your lawn.
What Do I Do with All My Leaves?
Please I beg you, don’t burn or trash your leaves to get rid of after raking. They have so much goodness to give back to the earth. Below are some of the ways I like to reuse leaves in my yard.
Don’t know what to do with leaves in your outdoor space? Read my article on the cost of leaf removal for tips on having a professional collect them for you.
Autumn leaves are a great brown ingredient for any compost pile, just mix in with lawn cuttings, plant debris, and veg peelings. It’s worth noting here that you do need to wet your leaves before adding to the pile.
Leaf mold is similar to compost but produced using no green waste. This is a super-rich material that gardeners love. Although great for general use in the garden, it’s perfect as a mulch under shrubs and around trees. Enriching the earth and retaining moisture where it is needed most.
Mow into the Lawn
As I mentioned earlier, the easiest way to remove tree leaves from your lawn is to chop them as you mow. Pop a collection bag onto your mower if you like the nice clean look, as this will collect the larger pieces missed by the blade.
Leaves make great insulation for plants during the colder winter months. They can be easily mulched and stored then used as natural ground insulation around any tree and shrubbery.
If you have very large piles of leaves, you can alternatively just leave them on an elevated surface. Using a leaf cover or lightweight, large tarp to keep them in place. It is important to ensure that you have good airflow if using this method.
People Also Ask (FAQs)
I am going to round up my tips and tricks for picking up leaves in your yard with some of the questions that I get asked a lot by my clients.
How do landscapers pick up leaves?
Landscapers clearing huge areas find the most efficient and best way to pick up leaves is with a lawn tractor. Alternatively, they will pick up leaves using backpack leaf blowers, quickly blowing the leaves into large piles (usually onto a tarp). After which they will collect any strays using a leaf rake.
What can I use to pick up leaves?
Using leaf blowers, leaf vacuums, or the right rake are all good tools for picking up leaves in your yard. For faster bagging, place a tarp next to the grass and pile the leaves there.
What is the most efficient way to rake leaves?
The most efficient way to rake leaves is using a leaf rake and raking the leaves onto a tarp for easy removal. The leaf rake is a wide fan design, but light in weight to avoid any damage being caused to the lawn.
I hope you have enjoyed my tips and tricks on the best way to pick up leaves in the fall. Remember have a plan, know what you are going to do with them when you have finished. The most important thing is to have the right tool for the right job.