Today, I was out raking the leftover fall leaves. They were wet from the rain, and there were a lot of them. Instead of painstakingly raking them all the way from the house to the edge of the road where I needed to put them, I took out a large tarp. I laid it beside my pile and raked the whole lot of them onto the tarp. Then I simply pulled the tarp down to the area where I needed to dump them. Five minutes instead of several hours!
Have been doing this for years! Moved mant limbs also with the tarp. They are very handy with lots of things
Do you get a blister on your hand when raking leaves? If so, try taping a piece of first aid cloth tape on your hand where the blister forms before you put your gloves on.
I have a callous on my thumb from many years of raking and blisters. Gloves have not prevented this from happening to me. This year, I put a piece of tape over that area beforehand. So far no blister and I have done a lot of raking.
I think this prevention method is going to work for me and I hope it will work for you as well.
By Litter Gitter from NC
I'm still using my big plastic baby pool for dragging the leaves off into the woods. The pool has a rope handle on it and it will hold a big pile of leaves. I also have a small pool that I use more often for cleaning up limbs, twigs and pine cones. I love my baby pools.
This is good motivation for me to get out there soon with the rake.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but I think there must be some basic rules of leaf etiquette. For example --
Rule #1: if you get shade from your neighbor's trees in the summertime, don't complain when some of the leaves fall in your yard. Rake them cheerfully.
Rule #2: if you use chemicals in your yard, tell people that if they ask for your leaves for compost. Let them decide how organic they want to be.
Rule #3: Like snow, leaves can be slippery. Rake then off the sidewalk and steps so nobody slips.
Rule #4: Leaf blowers are obnoxiously noisy. Use a rake. Please.
Rule #5: Don't complain when the wind blows leaves into your yard. The same wind is blowing your leaves into someone else's yard.
Rule #6: Before you burn leaves, check with neighbors who might have asthma or other respiratory problems. Burn while they're not home.
Rule #7: Most important, watch for kids playing in leaf piles on the street and in driveways. Please.
Only thing I would add is, many short strokes saves my back.
This is gardening tip and a how to. We have 3 English walnut trees. When the leaves fall, we like to clean them up because we heard the leaves are toxic. Every fall we blow them in a pile then unto a large tarp.
Don't do it by hand! If you have large acreage and/or lots of deciduous trees, better to use a lawn vacuum. I bought a used one (it's all steel, so I recycled, in a sense: when isthe last time you saw one of those tow-behind-your-garden tractor vacuums made of steel?) about 30 years old.
It's the time of year for raking leaves! Make it easier on your back by using an old sheet, large tablecloth or discarded shower curtain as a tarp.