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The Best Way to Pick Up Fall Yard Leaves

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Once a large amount of leaves are on the ground in the fall, they can become an unsightly nuisance. In addition, leaves that remain on the ground can pose any number of problems which could damage a lawn.


Raking leaves not only keeps a yard leaf free but has the added benefit of providing plenty of exercise. In addition to being cost efficient, raking also does not contribute to noise pollution, as mowers, vaccums and shredders can.


Once leaves are raked into piles, they can be placed into compost piles and allowed to decompose in an out-of-the-way area. If this isn’t possible because of restrictions in the yard, a local pick-up company can take leaves to a local composting site. Many areas no longer allow yard waste to go to regular landfills.


You can make small composting sites by placing leaves in garbage bags and then adding water to the leaves and allowing them to decompose. However, make sure to leave a large opening at the top of the bag to allow air to circulate.

Easy Way To Rake Leaves In Your Yard

Many trees have a lawn surrounding them, and you typically rake the leaves off of the grass beneath the canopy. To make raking easier, keep your lawn trimmed to 2 or 3 inches so it has a consistent, level surface for raking. Lawns with thin or thick patches make raking more difficult because leaves become stuck in thick grass areas and raking takes longer because you need to manipulate the tool through the entire uneven yard. As a result, your yard slope and gravity help the leaves move into a neat pile. You can also use slightly windy days to your advantage. Dead leaves still have a lot of organic matter that is beneficial to grass when they decompose. Another easy way to rake leaves is to create multiple piles. One leaf pile means you have to move a lot of leaves with the rake. Creating multiple piles decreases the need to move leaves completely across a yard.

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