Raking leaves is one of the most dreaded fall tasks among Minnesota homeowners. It can be time-consuming and tedious, and the leaves just continue to fall, making it seem like a never-ending chore. But with these leaf removal ideas and tips, courtesy of Family Handyman, raking doesn’t have to be so frustrating.
Use the Right Rake
If you have a big yard, use a rake that’s ready for the challenge! Rakes are generally available up to 30 inches wide, so look for a larger size to speed up the process. In addition, look for tines that don’t skewer leaves (also known as a “no-clog” rake) to avoid frustrating delays.
Instead of bagging leaves in several smaller plastic bags, consider laying down a tarp, or buying a Baster bag
Try the Mower
You could also skip the rake entirely and use the lawn mower to bag leaves!
Use a Vacuum or Blower
What’s the best way to quickly and efficiently remove leaves from mulch, stones, flower beds or hard to reach places? A leaf blower or yard vacuum! A vacuum will suck leaves up quickly, and the bonus is that they’ll already be bagged – just transfer them to a yard waste bag for removal.
Make sure to wear ear and eye protection when operating a leaf blower or any similar machinery.
Use a plumber’s snake to remove clogs and clumps of leaves from gutters and downspouts.
Don’t Forget the Roof
Leaves and debris can cause damage and deterioration if not removed from the roof. If your roof has a slight slope, use a blower for leaf removal. If you’re dealing with a steeper incline, a long-handled brook or roof rake will remove debris. (Use a ladder or a bucket lift to get up high.)
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