Yards are always in need of some type of maintenance, and raking is one of the big jobs. There are several reasons to rake the yard besides to remove leaves. You might need to remove twigs and other debris, or de-thatch the grass to give it more air and room to grow. Whatever the reason, it is best to use the right tool for the job.
Choose the right rake for the job. If you have a lot of shrubs and places where leaves can become damp and compact, a stiff steel rake is best. For grass clippings, dry leaves and other loose debris, a light leaf or fan rake should work just fine.
Rake under all hard to reach areas and mound debris into small piles. Switch types of rake if you have to and rake up all other yard debris into more small piles. This is done so that you can easily lift the leaves and twigs and put them into bags for curb pickup.
Lay a bedsheet down beside a pile, then rake the leaves and debris onto the sheet. If you use leaves and grass clippings in a compost area, and a wooded area where you dispose of it or use it in landscaping, then this method will work better and keep you from wasting bags.
Grab the sheet by the four corners or have someone help you by lifting one side. Take the debris to where you want it and dump it out. Use the leaf rake to spread it around if needed.