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Fall Leaf Cleanup and Removal Tips

Fall Leaf Cleanup and Removal Tips

Each fall, leaf removal may seem like a never-ending task, but there are effective ways to make it quicker and easier. Simple practices like removing leaves regularly can help keep the workload lighter and the lawn in its best condition; however, that’s not always the case, as some may put off cleaning up leaves for long periods of time or ignore the task altogether.

Neglecting to remove leaves from your yard can lead to soil compaction and create an environment for pests to burrow in leaf piles over winter. If not cleaned up in a timely manner, then leaves can also cause stress to your lawn, not to mention disease.

Stay on top of these issues with these tips to help make fall leaf cleanup and removal easier.

Remove leaves regularly.

Try to remove leaves every other week to maintain a healthy lawn. Leaf blowers are generally easy to use and also a quick way to clear your yard. Consider these leaf blower tips from our lawn experts to help clean up your lawn.

For a smaller job, try the efficient and easy-to-use TB27BH Leaf Blower for fast and worry-free cleanup. For bigger leaf cleanup projects, the TB672 Wheeled Leaf Blower will do the trick; this model provides plenty of force and more than enough power for heavy leaf piles and hard-to-rake areas.

If you have a smaller yard or if you don’t accumulate a surplus of leaves, you may opt for one of the most traditional ways of removing leaves: raking. To save time and effort, rake the leaves into piles around your yard and bag when finished. If you have a wooded area next to your yard or another nearby place where you can dispose of leaves, you can also rake leaves onto a tarp, so you can easily drag and dump the leaves.

When selecting a rake, consider an ergonomic one to help reduce back pain often caused by repetitive motion. If you’re frustrated with leaves building up in your rake tines, look for a clog-free rake, which allows you to get the job done without the hassle of pulling leaves from tines.

Consider recycling collected leaves instead of disposal.

There are so many ways to recycle fallen leaves; there is no need to send them to the landfill. You can use a mulching mower to add shredded leaves back to your lawn. When mulching leaves into a lawn, they break down and act as a natural fertilizer that helps maintain healthier grass. The chopped leaves can also be used as mulch around flowers, trees, and shrubs for the same purpose.

If only a light blanket of leaves covers your yard, or if you have a mulching mower, then simply mow your lawn until leaves are finely chopped and leave them on your lawn. The nutrients and organic matter absorbed into the ground from the mulched leaves will help your lawn survive the winter months and contribute to its overall strength and growth in the spring.

Using leaves as mulch is also great for preventing weeds and stopping erosion and compaction. Keep in mind, mulching with a mower should be done often and at slow speeds. In addition, make sure not to use a mulching mower when your lawn is heavily covered in leaves. This mistake will cause problems for your mower when the leaves blow up over the front of the deck.

Composting shredded leaves with grass clippings is another great way to recycle collected leaves, and the compost can be saved for spring fertilizing.

You can make the mulching process easier by employing a chipper shredder to mulch the leaves, or a chipper shredder vacuum, such as the CSV 060 Chipper Shredder Vacuum or CSV 070 Self-Propelled Chipper Shredder Vacuum , to collect and grind up leaves.

A chipper shredder vacuum provides an all-in-one approach to leaf removal, by vacuuming and shredding leaves and other small debris before depositing them into a bag. Leaf removal equipment, like Troy-BiltĀ® chipper shredder vacuums, provides the best ways to pick up leaves from your lawn.

A chipper shredder vacuum provides an all-in-one approach to leaf removal, by vacuuming and shredding leaves and other small debris before depositing them into a bag. Leaf removal equipment, like Troy-BiltĀ® chipper shredder vacuums, provides the best ways to pick up leaves from your lawn.