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As autumn starts to show its colorful face, gleaming with changing
leaves, the task of raking also arises. Instead of stressing over
the strain and pain of raking, take a deep breath and follow some
simple tips that will help you with autumns leaf clean-up.
• Continue to mow your lawn into the fall. This gives you a chance
to bag away the first load of leaves and mulch them down to size.
Once your grass stops growing, it is suggested that you stop mowing
• If you are attacking leaves in a dry area, or in hard to reach
areas such as the roof, using a leave blower is an option. However,
keep in mind that wet areas will not be affected by a leave blower,
and gasoline-powered blowers are not environmentally friendly and
often make a lot of noise.
• Before you begin to rake, you must first decide which leaves will
stay and which leaves will go. Leaves under trees and shrubs can
remain. These leaves will compost themselves, and when spring
returns, you will not have to lay down as much bark mulch. Leaves
covering the rest of your lawn must go if you expect healthy new
grass to grow. Keep in mind; if you wait too long, you will get
stuck with a much more difficult raking task.
• Be sure to select the proper rake. Consider investing in a clog
free rake that will eliminate the extra time spent trying to clear
out the leaves caught in the rake. Also, take the grip into mind.
Certain rakes offer comfort grips. If you have back problems, rakes
are available that are more ergonomically correct.
• Be cautious of your back when raking. Make sure that you are
moving your feet around instead of standing in one place and bending
your back too much. Also, be sure to switch hands often so that one
arm isn't getting strained more than the other.
• After collecting all of the leaves, consider turning the leaves
into compost. You can then use it for mulch or fertilizer in the
• If you are going to bag the leaves up and haul them out for
garbage, lessen the strain by using a wheelbarrow for
transportation. Also, consider using a rake with a detachable head.
This makes gathering leaves and clipping a lot easier.
• Last but not least, make the task of raking the yard a family
event. This will lessen the strain off one person handling the task
and even create a fun day for the kids to play in the leaf piles.
Just make sure the kids don't destroy the piles that you have worked
so hard to put together!