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 is the last time you saw one of those tow-behind-your-garden tractor vacuums made of steel?) about 30 years old.
It has a 5 horsepower engine, and uses the mower discharge via a large hose. The 5 horse engine provides the vacuum and simultaneously chops up the leaves to make a finely cut mulch. We deposit this directly onto the garden, and the rest is deposited onto our tillable acreage. It saves soooo much time, and you don't get blisters. I've seen new versions of this that are collapsible and lightweight, and cost around $1,000.
Hey, great idea.
For smaller areas, I use a large tarp, rake all my leaves onto
it, drag it 20 yards or so over to the edge of the woods and shake them off. So much easier, cheaper and greener than bagging them.
You have a great idea, though that's not why I'm posting. I grew up in Warrensburg area and lived in Fort Ann NY before I moved to Kansas City, KS. Know just where Hebron is and glad to see a little bit of home online.
We use our lawnmower to mulch the leaves same as we do the grass clippings. Our neighbors used to think we were nuts, but now they all do it too. I just try to stay ahead of the rain or snow. If everyone did this think how much landfill space we could save. Leaves and grass both will break down further and will actually fertilize your lawn.
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