How to Avoid Raking Leaves


Autumn is a beautiful time of year with fall crocuses, mums, pumpkins and vibrantly-colored tree leaves. It is also a time of year when gardeners are busy cutting plant foliage, preparing planting beds for the following year and applying mulch to winterize perennials. Whether you are just too busy to rake leaves or if it is simply too strenuous, there are a few alternative options to gathering leaves without raking them.

Step 1

Mow the leaves with a mulch mower. Mulch mowers shred the leaves into tiny pieces and will hasten the decomposition process. The nutrients from decomposed leaves are good for your lawn and garden.

Step 2

Mow the leaves with rotary mower. If you do not have a mulch mower, a standard rotary mower will suffice. Cut the leaves at a level 3 setting or higher. The mowed leaves will settle into the soil and eventually decompose.

Step 3

Blow the leaves with a leaf blower. Use the leaf blower to blow all of the leaves into a pile and bag them up.

Step 4

Vacuum the leaves with a leaf vacuum. Some leaf vacuums are attached to the back of a riding mower and others are a separate piece of equipment that you push like a push mower.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch mower, rotary mower, leaf blower or leaf vacuum


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Melissa Lewis graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has written over 20 episodes for the radio drama entitled "A Work in Progress." She also writes for several online outlets, including Gardenguides, Travels and Examiner, and is currently finalizing a movie script to be filmed in 2010.