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.
If you dread raking your lawn, try these tips to make the job more efficient and even fun!
1. Get the Gear
Before you get to work, you need to get the gear. Start with safety glasses, gloves and a dust mask.
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!)
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!
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!
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!