Picking Up Fall Leaves Can Be Quite a Chore
Fall is really beautiful, but do you ever find yourself groaning when it comes time to pick up those leaves? Raking has to be one of the worst tasks around, and for some reason, it’s a killer on my back.
There are some tools out there designed to make your job easier, but I’m not sure they’re necessary. We’ve never had a leaf blower, but when I watch people using them to pick up fall leaves, they really don’t look all that easy. The leaves still end up blowing all round the yard and they are still whole, making them a less valuable commodity, at least in my eyes.
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Yes, I definitely put a high premium on leaves, but give me them mulched, please. This post explains why they’re so wonderful for building soil.
Leaf vacuum / mulchers (like this) are available, but why buy a new tool, when you probably already have the perfect tool in your garage?
So, what, in my opinion, is the easiest way to pick up fall leaves? That would be a lawn mower, with a bagger. It’s a perfect way to pick up the leaves and mulch them at the same time.
In addition, the mower is cutting and bagging your grass adding nitrogen to the carbon in the leaves which will speed decomposition. The bag of leaves and grass can be emptied directly onto garden beds and used as mulch, or taken to your compost pile. Picking up leaves and building soil at the same time. Now that’s a win-win!
What easy ways have you found for picking up fall leaves?