9 Tips That Will Save You Time Raking

Rake on the ground, resting after a day of raking leaves

There are many benefits to raking leaves, but let’s face it: This isn’t everyone’s favorite chore.

Some folks think they’ll wait for a storm to blow their leaves into a neighbor’s yard, but that’s an optimistic — not realistic — way of looking at things. 

The truth is, raking doesn’t just make your yard look good, it also prevents mold and diseases from developing in the grass if too many leaves pile up. And it helps grass return strong in the spring.

If you dread raking your lawn, try these tips to make the job more efficient and even fun!

Woman standing with a rake wearing comfortable gloves for the chore

1. Get the Gear

Before you get to work, you need to get the gear. Start with safety glasses, gloves and a dust mask.

Gloves will protect your hands from blistering during long raking sessions; safety glasses and the dust mask will come in handy if you’re sensitive to airborne particles.

2. Grab a Great Rake

There’s a difference between a good rake and a great rake. A good rake is cheap and gets the job done, but it may have limited features and may be uncomfortable to use. A great rake may cost a little more, but it’s versatile, durable and ergonomic, which will make the job more efficient.  

AMES Tools’ dual-tine, 26-inch rake is great for dethatching your yard and preventing clogs.

Its companion hand rake is perfect for clearing leaves from garden beds and other tight spaces.

Best of all? It covers up to 45 percent more ground in less time than other rakes. (So, they’ve thought of everything, and it gets results!)

Man raking leaves with a rake in the fall

3. Follow the Wind

The wind can be your friend — or foe — when it comes to raking leaves, so follow its lead before you pick up the rake.

Move leaves toward whichever direction the wind is blowing. This is much easier than working against Mother Nature and watching the wind blow away your hard work! 

Leaf blower moving leaves to a collection area in the fall

4. Use a Leaf Blower

Raking is a great way to clear your lawn and get some great upper-body exercise along the way, but it’s not the only way to collect leaves.

While a rake is a must for your lawn-and-garden arsenal, you also need to keep a cordless leaf blower in your shed.

You can lower the setting to move bulk leaves where you want them. Just remember to keep enough distance between the blower and the leaves — it’ll take some practicing to figure out the right amount, and there’s no time like the present to start!

Two boys stomp on leaves in the fall after their mother has taken a phone break

5. Stomp as Needed

You may have planned an entire morning to rake leaves, but you now what they say: life happens when you’re busy making other plans!

If you have to take a phone call or step inside before you can dispose of the leaves, go ahead and stomp on the piles you’ve collected.

This isn’t just fun to do — it can help prevent most of those leaves from blowing away before you can return to the job.

Better yet? Get the kids involved!


  1. Love the mulching step – great idea!
    In our community there is a facility that takes yard waste and asks only a food donation in return. They compost the yard waste and offer it to the public.

  2. It’s MUCH easier to use your mower to mulch and bag them than using the trimmer afterward. And never let your leaves leave (so to speak) your property. Sending them to landfills is awful. My city (Fort Worth, Tx) doesn’t allow bagged leaves in the trash. They all ho to a local place for mulching.

  3. Will definitely try tip number 6 and 9. But might need to be more creative and look for an alternative for tarp. The mulching part is a great tip. Nothing beats organic compost.


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