How many hours per year do you dedicate to getting rid of leaves in your yard? Too many, probably.
The Internet is rife with “quick and easy” ways to get rid of the blanket of annoyance that falls on your lawn every autumn. Let’s take a lot at some of the top-selling solutions that claim to make this notorious fall chore a snap.
- Rakes — Rakes come in all shapes and sizes, but none of them makes raking any easier. If you need to rake near vines or a fence, avoid bamboo, and stick to metal or plastic rakes to avoid breakage. Rake your leaves onto a big tarp for easy disposal.
- Scoops — Several companies make and market varieties of this tool, essentially large scoops, about the size of a shovel end, with teeth on the edges like a rake or comb. They come with straps to put your hands through. Once you get a pile of leaves raked, you can use the scoops to pick up and bag more leaves faster than you could with your bare hands. Only if you order two though — lots of consumers who bought a particular brand of leaf “scoops” only got one scoop!
- Blowers — These are the tools that make the quickest and easiest work of ridding your yard of leaves, but they are also the noisiest. If you can stand the noise for the hour or so it takes to do the job, you might want to stop and think about the harm you may be doing to the environment. Carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides and hydrocarbons are all byproducts of gas-powered blowers. But many lawn mowers and chainsaws use the same technology, and no one is up in arms over those. And if you use an electric blower, toxic emissions are not even a factor.
- Vacuums — Many leaf blowers convert to leaf vacuums, which suck up the offenders and mulch them into a handy attached bag. This not only makes quick work of the whole yard, but also fills many fewer bags, since the leaves are shredded. A couple of caveats — some models are far weaker than others; make sure you check the horsepower before buying. Also, if your property tends to have lots of small sticks and branches in addition to leaves, you could run into trouble with a vacuum, which gets clogged easily by small sticks.
The bottom line is that the only really easy way to get rid of the leaves that fall on your property every year is to hire someone else to do it. Professional companies have the tools, skills and know-how to get the job done more quickly than you ever could.
For top-notch service for any and all of your landscaping needs, including advice on the best way to get rid of fall leaves and how to keep your yard and grass in good shape, call us at Earthworks Landscaping.