As the crisp clean air of autumn blows away the last of summer’s heat, homeowners turn their attention from grass to leaves. Those red, orange, and gold leaves on the trees are, of course, one of the best things about autumn– at least, at first. After a while, they’ll fall gently upon your lawn, and you will need to get rid of them. Raking can be slow and labor intensive. Is there a better way? Yes! In fact, here are four.
Trim Your Trees
No, don’t decorate the trees. Take a chainsaw, and remove branches that grow over your lawn to limit the total number of leaves that will fall into your yard. Even thinning the branches will reduce the number of leaves.
Hire a Vacuum
Many towns have leaf-vacuuming trucks that can be hired for a fee. On the upside, someone else is dealing with your leaf removal, and they can do it quickly and efficiently. On the downside, these services can be expensive.
Put the Leaves to Work
Instead of bagging your leaves, consider composting them. By composting, you can create free fertilizer for use in the spring that will make your lawn richer and healthier.
Blow Them Away
Both raking and mulching leaves can be time-consuming. You can save time and effort by using a leaf blower. Remember that wet leaves can be heavy, so when selecting a blower, be sure to pick one that has enough power to get the job done efficiently and completely.
One last thought: you may discover the ultimate leaf-blowing solution by combining these techniques. For example, blow your leaves onto a tarp. That will make easy to carry them over to a compost pile for use as fertilizer in the spring.