Autumn is Here: The Most Efficient Methods to Deal with Leaves
It’s that time of year when leaves give you a fair share of lawn decoration. But with its beauty comes the issue of knowing how to deal with these leaves. You may want a speedy way of dealing with the fallen leaves. Some of us look for a fast method which may involve mulching while others may want to blow and prepare the leaves for compost. Either way, you have to get to work.
Below is a plan to consider when you want to save yourself the effort of everyday cleaning at the heart of autumn.
- 1 Go for the right raking tools
- 2 Raking both Wet and Dry Leaves
- 3 Dig leaf trenches around deciduous trees
- 4 Invest in Leaf Blowing Technology
- 5 Deal with Pine Needles
- 6 Prepare for some Mulching
- 7 Bag the Leaves
- 8 Composting is also a Great Plan
- 9 Hire a Professional
Go for the right raking tools
Most gardeners who don’t have much to pick prefer rakes. The modern leaf rake is wider to make the task easier and smaller. When choosing your rake, it’s important that it caters for your needs including your height to prevent wrist strain and backaches.
Also, look for those leaf rakes which do not clog. It’s quite unfortunate that some of us still want to pass the garden rake for a leaf rake. Invest in a proper model to help ease the leaf collection process.
Raking both Wet and Dry Leaves
For those that cannot wait to have a clean lawn, you always have an option of raking wet leaves. The main advantage with rakes is that they don’t skimp on the wet leaves since it’s your effort which will let you amass the mess. For those that have allergies, waiting for the leaves to dry is all worth it as you’ll not deal with moss and decomposing leaves.
Dig leaf trenches around deciduous trees
Every tree can appreciate mulch in the cold fall months. By digging a leaf bed around these trees, your task will to sweep the leaves into the beds and simply leave them for mulching. This way, you won’t be dealing with bags and the municipal when it comes to disposing of the collection.
Invest in Leaf Blowing Technology
With modernization comes simple methods of removing fall leaves.
This all-around equipment comes in handy when dealing with every type of debris surrounding your landscape. From grass clippings after mowing to leaf droppings, you’ll save yourself much energy. The essence of these devices is to leave your landscape looking sparkly in the shortest time possible.
You have the chance to select from different designs regarding your current needs. If you only have a small space, a corded electric blower will work just fine. For those that have tight spots on a small area, cordless blowers perform the trick.
But what if your garden is expansive? You’ll have a chance to work with either handheld gas blowers or backpack blowers. These pack the energy to work for extended periods as long as you have the petrol engine full.
When you want to sweep and collect the leaves at the same time, leaf vacuums are the best option. They come with suction tubes which suck up the leaves before dumping them in a carry bag. This means at the end of your cleaning session; you only need to throw out the collection bag.
Deal with Pine Needles
If you grow pine trees, autumn leaves you with an overwhelming drop of pine needles. The good thing is that they are the first to fall before the month’s roll by. To get rid of these needles, you’ll need to sweep them as soon as they fall. This way, they’ll not mix with leaves and other debris.
For those that have blueberries, you’ll want to store the needles for use in the future. This is because blueberries like acidic soil and pine needles carry acidity in plenty. Pack the needles, store in a dry place, and wait for them to turn into mulch.
Prepare for some Mulching
Mowing your lawn means that the leaves are shredded as you pass along the grass. Most machines cleanly disperse the clips after cutting the grass. The shredded leaves make for fresh mulch which fertilizes the lawn throughout the winter months.
Bag the Leaves
Sometimes mowing is not an option. This is particularly the case if leaves fall in plenty or where you have many trees. Use a lawn sweeper to rid yourself hours raking or blowing.
Push Lawn Sweepers
These models are light and are styled to be pushed as they collect the leaves into a hopper. They have spinning brushes which collect the debris as you move. When the hopper is full, you just detach it and pour the leaves out in garbage pits of bags. They are not fuel-driven, so you won’t need to maintain it.
Tow-Behind Lawn Sweepers
These devices require attachment to a machine which is usually a tractor. They are wide to handle large volumes of leaves and debris. They are a complete solution for blowing and vacuuming since their brushes can collect all types of waste. Since they are power-driven, they are effortless to tow. Plus you won’t need constant emptying of the hopper.
Composting is also a Great Plan
Natural fertilizer is still a thing. Autumn presents the perfect time of making compost since you have most of the ingredients at your disposal. Make your leaves into mulch before inputting them alongside your compost heap. With every sweep, you’ll add the leaves to the pile and then leave it to turn into black gold once winter comes knocking. And when it’s spring, you’ll have it ready to fertilize your garden.
Hire a Professional
Finally, you may not want to deal with dirt, but it doesn’t mean that you leave your yard looking untidy. You’ll have the option of paying for the service from professionals who do the cleanup every fall season. You can expect to pay up to $400 per season, but this is mainly dependent on the size of your garden.
Also, you can rent out a lawn sweeper which is much cheaper than hiring a professional. This is because you will only pay for the machine on the days that you use it, unlike the professionals who have to be paid monthly.
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