Part of keeping your lawn and garden healthy means that most of the accumulated debris, including fallen leaves, should be removed in the fall. Raking is still the most environmentally friendly option for removing fallen leaves, and the best way to get some exercise (the average person burns approximately 283 calories per hour raking leaves). Rakes are cheap, quiet, and they don't contribute to global warming. Here are some tips for making raking the lawn easier and more enjoyable.
Arm yourself with a good rake (and a good pair of leather gloves). A "clog-free" ergonomic rake with bent handles will put less stress on your shoulders and back because it helps you rake without bending over and leaves don't get stuck on the tines. There are also rakes with adjustable metal tines for reaching narrow areas like garden beds and in between plants, or rakes with wide fans to cover lots of lawn with each sweep. Make sure that the rake you choose has a comfort grip handle to reduce fatigue and prevent blisters from developing on your hands.
About The Author: Ellen Brown is an environmental writer and photographer and the owner of Sustainable Media, an environmental media company that specializes in helping businesses and organizations promote eco-friendly products and services. Contact her on the web at http://www.sustainable-media.com
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.
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