Leaf Removal Equipment
As that time of year swings around again, it is time to start thinking about how you can keep on top of the many falling leaves. Fall leaves sure look pretty on the trees, but once they have fallen and collected on your lawn, they are unsightly, damaging to your garden and a significant slip hazard.
Clearing up leaves can be hard work. It takes time, and with the wrong equipment you can end up spending hours working on it and still miss leaves in hard-to-reach areas, which will usually end up on your lawn in a few hours or days anyway. We are going to talk you through our tips on the leaf removal equipment you should have in your shed, which will make your garden work this autumn much easier.
You don’t want to be messing around with wrestling piles of leaves into bags! A tarp is the easiest, most efficient way to remove the leaves you have collected. Just lay it out on your lawn and then as you build up your piles of leaves, direct them onto the tarp. It means that once you are done, you can simply gather up the tarp and easily transfer the leaves to a compost area or waste facility.
Using a tarp is a time and cost-efficient, eco-friendly way of collecting your leaves which doesn’t create an extra mess in your vehicle either. They are cheap to buy at around $20 to $100, depending on the size you want, and you can get years of use out of them for many different jobs in your garden, not just removing leaves. Plus, if you are transporting the collected leaves in your car, they won’t leak as plastic bags will.
Backpack Leaf Blowers
Using a backpack leaf blower is a great way to collect your leaves that have fallen all over your garden. You can get models which are powered by electricity and others which are gasoline-powered which are more suited to large areas. They pack a larger punch that the handheld versions and some even have a vacuum function which sucks the leaves into a collection bag, making it even easier to remove them. Unlike rakes and brushes, backpack leaf blowers can blast leaves out of hard-to-reach areas such as between rocks and along the edges of flower beds.
Use your leaf blower, working with the direction of the wind, not against it and collect your leaves into piles. Ideally, direct them into piles on a tarp you have laid out so that you can gather them up easily, as we discussed before. You can work in a spiral, or from end to end, working methodically, so you collect them all. It will take you a fraction of the time raking alone would use, and although a leaf blower is heavier than a rake, the work isn’t nearly as tiring.
How Can I Get More From My Leaf Blower?
There is no need to be concerned about how much use you’ll get form your leaf blower. It may have been designed for leaves, but there are many more jobs you can use it for throughout the year. You can use your leaf blower to clear snow, dry up puddles, clear out your gutter, dust-off other garden equipment and even dry-off your car after you have washed it! Some people even use a leaf blower to thread wires! And that’s just the start of it! With a bit of imagination, you can turn your leaf blower to all sorts of tasks, so you are certain to get your money’s worth!
Using a rake for a whole lawn is hard, tiring work. It takes a long time, and it can be exhausting, but that is not to say that a rake has no place in your shed. It is a valuable piece of equipment that is a great way of collecting up the stragglers or touching up your garden after you have removed the bulk of the leaves. Rakes are cheap to buy at around $20 to $100, and you can use them for other jobs such as spreading grass seed, so they are useful all year round.
If you have a patio or deck, a stiff broom is a great tool to have on hand to remove damp leaves which are harder to move with a leaf blower. It is important to remove these, as they can be very slippery and risk nasty falls, and they can leave a slimy residue on the surface which can build up. You can, of course, also use them to gather up piles of dry leaves ready for collection, and it is easy to sweep leaves on to a tarpaulin for disposal. A stiff brush will help you get rid of the leaves and residue from the cracks and lines in your patio, terrace or deck and keep your garden looking spotless. If your patio is stained from leaves, you can use this method to clean it.
Hopefully, now you have a good idea of what to buy for your tool shed to help you with removing leaves from your garden. The combination of these tools is a great selection to have in your collection for jobs all year round, and as you can see, each has many different uses throughout the seasons, both alone and collectively. They will help you get through your tasks quickly and without strain. Removing fallen leaves is not just about keeping your garden looking neat, but about ensuring it is safe and healthy too.
If you are interested in purchasing a backpack leaf blower, have a look at the reviews we have written on what we consider to be the best products available on the market, to see which is the best model for you and your garden.