Lawn Care

How To Get Rid Of Leaves

Fall is when the leaves turn a golden shade of brown and the wind starts to let out that slight chill. For some people, fall begins when the atmosphere starts to turn somber and everything gives off a lazy air. Unfortunately, this laziness comes at a most inopportune time as it is also the time when your backyard becomes a repository for dozens of leaves that fall off the trees.

A few leaves littered on your front yard can be good. It can give your house the over-all appearance of being homey and quaint, making it look more accommodating; however, if the leaves pile up, they become an eyesore. Sooner or later, you will have to get rid of them.

The Autumn Leaves Drift By Your Window

Fortunately for you, getting rid of leaves isn’t a very hard task. As long as you’re willing to expend the effort, you will accomplish the task in half a day, or even shorter. What’s more, getting rid of the leaves can also serve a more useful purpose. Here are the different ways you can go about disposing of the leaves in your yard.

  • Use a rake. Use a good, old-fashioned rake to gather all those leaves in front of your yard. If you don’t have one, then go to your nearest farm equipment supply store and get one.When buying a rake, it pays to also keep a few things in mind. You can just randomly get one and pay for it. Since you’ll be spending effort and time with it, you might as well make sure that it fits your needs to a tee.For example, if you have a history of arthritis or have had surgery, then it will benefit you to get one that is ergonomically designed. A rake that has a comfortable grip is also recommended since raking is a repetitive motion. A comfortable grip will make sure you don’t have blisters while doing your tasks.Choose a rake that has steel fingers. Bamboo-fingered rakes are cheaper but they also break more easily if improperly stored. If you don’t have the budget for steel rakes, then a plastic-fingered one will do. While on the subject of rake fingers, get one that is 24 inches wide. Anything smaller will prolong the job while anything larger will strain you.
  • Hire someone to do the job for you. If you can’t do cleaning yourself because you’re busy, or if you’re just plain lazy, then you can do the time-honored tradition of paying the kids in your neighborhood (or your son, if you have one) to get rid of the leaves for you. A good side for this is that you will instill a sense of responsibility to the kid, giving them a lesson in the importance of work early on in their lives. You shouldn’t have any problem getting one to work for you as most kids are willing to earn money for sideline jobs like raking.You can also get the services of several companies who are willing to take care of any lawn cleaning for you for a price. Aside from picking up your leaves, these companies also offer other services like cleaning your lawn from other debris or even mowing them. You can usually search for these companies via the Internet.
  • Make a compost pile. You can also get rid of the leaves by gathering them and making them into a compost pile. A compost pile is a mixture of organic matter such as leaves or waste that are allowed to decay, used as fertilizer. It is usually the end-product of a complex feeding pattern of hundreds of different organisms, resulting in the rich substance gardens usually love.When using leaves as a compost material, it is always a good idea to shred them or cut them into little pieces. That way, they will be easier to decompose—a specific issue for larger leaves.The good thing about composting is that you will be able to use the leaves instead of just throwing them away. If you have a garden, composting will save money on fertilizer as well as contribute to the betterment of the environment.
  • Burn the leaves. Burning is also one of the older methods of getting rid of leaves; however, most states have imposied a limit on this practice because leaf burning not only contributes to the pollutants in the air but also poses a health risk to the people in the neighborhood. Leaves are a very common source of compost material and burning them is just a waste of the micronutrients in leaves that can be used to fertilize your garden or lawn.Leaf-burning is also controlled in most states, with only a specific time allotted for the practice. You will not be able to get rid of the leaves any time that you want. Burning leaves also puts you at risk of being involved with fires, especially if the houses are close to each other.
  • Use a leaf blower. Leaf blowers are engine-powered maintenance tools used to blow away leaves. Later variants of leaf blowers also have the capability to suck in leaves, just like vacuum cleaners. Some can even mulch leaves, making them ready for composting.Leaf blowers are usually hand-held or carried over like backpacks. Power is usually generated through two methods: electricity and gas. When purchasing a leaf blower, consider portability as it will dictate what power source your leaf blower will have. Gas and battery-powered ones are more portable and will be the logical choice if you have a large yard.Like burning, though, using a leaf blower has its disadvantages. For one, leaf blowers are noisy so if you’re in a close neighborhood, you might end up getting angry stares from your neighbors. Gas-powered leaf blowers also contribute to pollution. Finally, leaf blowers spew up molds and allergens in your lawn that may otherwise be clamped down by nature.

Composting has been an age-old practice that is dedicated into taking care of Mother Nature. The traditional methods of getting rid of leaves is also better not only because these are environmentally friendly, but also because we can gain physically from it. For example, raking is a good exercise and will also benefit your body since you can save a lot of money.

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