How To Get Rid Of Leaves Without Raking
As much as you love spending time under the trees, the trees drop leaves on your lawn. For you to keep your lawn looking great, you should get rid of the leaves as soon as possible.
In addition to the leaves giving your lawn an unkempt look, when you allow them to stay on the grass for long, they prevent the grass from undertaking photosynthesis thus it dries up.
This further gives your lawn an ugly look.
There are many ways of getting rid of the leaves. One of the most common ways is using a rake. Are you like me and don’t like using a rake? Here are some of the other ways you can use to keep the leaves at bay without raking.
Why shouldn’t you rake the leaves?
One of the reasons you shouldn’t bother with raking the leaves is because the process is too tedious. For you to get rid of the leaves using a rake, you need to find a rake, often with a long handle.
You should then work for hours to get rid of the leaves, which is usually very tedious and something you shouldn’t put yourself through.
The other reason why you shouldn’t rake the leaves is that you might be destroying the environment by doing so. The condition is worse if you live in communities where you throw the leaves into the streets.
If you live in such communities, the leaves in most cases are washed into gutters where they find their way into waterways and streams. Here, the leaves release phosphorus and nitrogen—which encourage algae growth.
When there is excessive algae growth, water is depleted of oxygen. As a result, fish and other aquatic animals die.
Finally, you shouldn’t rake the leaves as you tend to damage the grass. The damage is extensive when you are using an old, faulty rake.
How can you get rid of leaves without raking?
The cool thing is that there are plenty of options that you can go with. Some of the best ones are:
Using a lawn mower
Did you know that you can get rid of leaves from your yard using a lawnmower? To do it you need to set a bagged riding mower blade a little bit above the leaves. By doing this, you make it possible for the lawn mower to “suck” in the leaves from the blades.
When you are trying to remove the leaves using this method, it’s common for some of the leaves to get chopped up instead of disappearing.
When this happens, you shouldn’t be worried. All you need to do is to place the lawn mower in place and repeat the process.
When you do this a number of times, it will come a time when you will be able to remove all of the leaves.
Use a leaf blower
There is a reason why it’s known as a leaf blower—you use it to blow leaves. To get rid of the leaves using this method you need to put your unit into full blast. The cool thing is that you can use a gas or electric leaf blower.
When you are using the machine, the first thing you should think about is your safety. As rule of thumb, have eye protection in place.
Remember, the machine blows the leaves at high velocity and they will damage your eyes in the event they got in.
Some of the best eye protection you should go with are goggles or glasses.
You also should protect your ears—unless you are using an electric leaf blower. If using a gas-powered blower, you should wear earmuffs or soft foam plugs as hearing protection.
Just like when handling other lawn care chores, you should wear long pants, high-quality gloves, and a long-sleeved shirt. These protective pieces are to protect you from cuts, dirt, and burns.
You shouldn’t only mind about yourself. Also, think about other people and pets that might be around. To protect them, never point the leaf blower at them.
If you are like me, you want to have the easiest time possible when getting rid of the leaves from your yard, right? When blowing, avoid wet leaves as they will be hard to get rid of. The best way of going about is to wait for them to dry out.
If there is a breeze, you should work with it. Start from the edges of the yard, beneath the shrubs, trees, and bushes. To have an easy time, break your yard into workable sections, and work towards the middle of the lawn.
For you to have an easy time hauling the leaves once you are done, direct the leaves onto an old sheet or tarp.
Are there some leaves on a hard surface such as a driveway or walkway? You should note that the leaves tend to move more easily here; therefore, you should be careful of how you blow them.
If your leaf blower has power settings, you should ratchet it all the way down. This is to reduce the chances of the leaves ending up in your neighbor’s yard or any other wrong place.
To reduce the chances of having hazardous dust clouds, avoid using the leaf blower on bare dirt, driveways, or in any other dusty surfaces.
You also should avoid using the machine after applying pesticides, fertilizer, or herbicides on your lawn.
Use a lawn vacuum
Just like you use the vacuum to clean your house floor, you can use a lawn vacuum to get rid of leaves without raking. All you need to do is to get a lawn vacuum. You can buy or rent one from your local store.
The cool thing with the machine is that it comes with an attached bag where the vacuumed leaves go.
Just like when using a leaf blower, you should protect yourself by wearing the necessary protective gear. These include glasses, gloves, long pants, and ear protection devices.
Use a lawn sweep machine
I know not many people know about this machine. A lawn sweep is a machine that resembles a push lawn mower.
Instead of it having a rotary blade inside it, it has a rotating rake that lifts the leaves and throws it into a collecting box.
There are many types of these machines on the market that you can go for. For example, there are the manual ones that you push to get rid of the leaves.
There are also the pull behind versions that you can pull using a tractor. All you need is to sit on the tractor and trail the lawn sweep up and down, getting rid of the leaves without raking.
You must have come across information that you are better off leaving the leaves on your lawn as they provide feed for the lawn.
While this is true, you should note that sometimes the leaves are too many that it’s impossible for the yard to feed on them fast enough. The end result is having an ugly lawn.
For you to keep your lawn in good condition you should get rid of the leaves and put them in a composter.
You can then use the compost in a vegetable garden. You can also use it for potting plants or place them around the roots of your trees.