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How to Remove Leaves From Your Yard With Minimum Effort

By Vera Leigh
Check your community's noise bylaws before blowing your leaves.
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A yard covered in leaves is an overwhelming sight. Take charge of your yard by removing unsightly leaves with minimal effort by letting power tools do the work for you. You may want to check with your neighborhood or community association ahead of time to ensure the noise generated by tools, like electric leaf blowers, do not violate neighborhood noise standards. Leaf blowers can be loud -- especially over a long period of time. With routine clearing of your yard, however, you shouldn't be out there for long.

Spread out a tarp in your yard -- about middle way.

Put in your earplugs and put on your protective goggles.

Turn on your electric leaf blower while standing nearest to your house. You will be blowing leaves outward toward the tarp.

Blow the leaves from your garden beds and under shrubs that are nearest to your house until you blow them in small groups onto a tarp. Drag the tarp to the road.

Empty the leaves on the side of road for city pick-up. If your city does not have a leaf collection, then consider making a compost pile in your backyard. You can use the organic material that forms from the degrading leaves to enrich your garden. Yet another option is to purchase bio-degradable trash bags and to use those to collect the leaves on the tarp.


Things You Will Need

  • Tarp
  • Earplugs
  • Goggles
  • Electric leaf blower

About the Author


Vera Leigh has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2008. Her work has appeared in "Learn Overseas" and "Grad Source" magazines. In addition, she received an honorable mention in "Newsweek's" My Turn contest. She has written features for nonprofits focused on literacy, education, genomics and health. In her spare time, Leigh puts her English major to use by tutoring in grammar and composition.