Last updated on December 11th, 2019 at 01:07 pm
Fall, also known as autumn, is one of the four seasons of the year and it marks the transition from summer to winter. Among the many features and characteristics of the Fall season is the shedding of leaves by deciduous trees. The leaves beautify the ground but when they dry up they create an unpleasant sight especially during the festivities. Furthermore, dry leaves are a hiding place for rodents and lizards. They also make it hard to trace small tools such as drill bits when they fall to the ground. In order to clean up the mess on your lawn or yard and effectively dispose of debris, you can use the following 5 tools. These tools will help you give some tender love and care to your lawn this Fall thus restoring its exquisite green look.
- Leaf Blower
When the Fall foliage starts to dry up, the once beautiful sight slowly begins to fade away marking the end of Fall. The wind also starts to blow the dry leaves all over covering the paths and walkways. This is when a leaf blower becomes necessary for blowing the leaves from paths or gathering them to one place. Leaf blowers are either electric or gasoline-powered. One of the reasons you have to love the blower is its mobility. You can carry it anywhere you want to blow some leaves. For the corded blowers, you will have to ensure that the power supply is within range. For the gas-powered you will have to ensure that you have some protective gear to protect you from exhaust emissions. As for cordless blowers, the mobility is great since there are no limitations to the distance you can travel blowing leaves. A few factors to consider when getting a leaf blower are: Size of your lawn The anticipated amount of leaves that drop during Fall Remember to read the instructor’s manual and do not operate the equipment when under the influence of any drug. Put on earplugs to protect your ears from the noise produced by the leaf blowers. Also, ensure that you remove any debris such as rocks that might inhibit the effective blowing of leaves.
- Leaf Rake
When your lawn is fully covered with leaves, you can use a leaf rake since it does not damage the grass or the soil profile. Leaf rakes are fan-like shaped rakes with their springy tines radiating outwards. Also known as lawn rakes they are flat and light such that using them requires little energy. Leaf rakes may be made of steel, bamboo or even polypropylene. Unlike metal rakes, bamboo and polypropylene rakes are light and do not rust. However, they are prone to breaking but are less expensive compared to metal rakes. The choice of the leaf rake to be used depends primarily on the size of your lawn and the amount of leaves you expect to gather. Leaf rakes are operated by simply placing the tines on the ground, applying light downwards pressure, and then dragging it to gather material.
- Leaf Scoops
Instead of grabbing the leaves with your hands, as that may put you at risk of getting hurt, it is better to use leaf scoops. Using hands or other methods is not as efficient as one would wish. Leaf scoops are of two types, one that has claws and resembles baseball gloves and the other type that has long handles. The clawed scoops, otherwise known as lawn claws are effective in picking up leaves, plant trimmings, and other lawn debris because they also scape off the surface.
- Garden cart/wheelbarrow
After raking the leaves to one place in your yard, you need to transport the heap to your preferred place of disposal, lest the wind blows the leaves back into the yard. , is where a garden cart or wheelbarrow comes into use. A garden cart is a hand-propelled vehicle with two or more wheels and a handle that operates by either pulling or pushing without lifting. It is used to carry items in the garden. A wheelbarrow, on the other hand, is similar to a garden cart except that it has only one wheel and needs to be lifted off the ground on one side so that it can move. It is also used to move items in the garden especially where the garden paths are narrow. Garden carts are more efficient than wheelbarrows and hence highly preferred for carrying leaves in the yard. They are also more stable and require less effort as no lifting is required compared to wheelbarrows. Garden carts also are time efficient since they carry more loads than wheelbarrows and that means you will take less time in clearing the heaps of leaves on your lawn. The various types of garden carts include utility wagons, flatbeds, dump carts, and foldable carts.
- Leaf Shredder
Uncollected leaves pose danger to the grass by choking and suffocating it. It is thus highly advised that after raking the leaves you shred them. You can use the shredded leaves as mulch or compost for other plants such as the flowers and trees on the lawn or fruits and vegetables in your garden. When using a leaf shredder always ensure that you have your personal protective equipment with you. This includes safety glasses and face mask to protect you from any flying debris that might land on your face, hearing aids for the noise due to shredding, gloves to protect your hands from any damage. You will probably also require a bag to put the shredded leaves so that you can easily take them to your location of choice. Shredding is a better way to dispose of the accumulated leaves since it is eco-friendly as it converts leaves into mulch or compost for usage on the farm. Leaf shredding is also an efficient method for disposing of leaves during Fall because it requires only a few bags since the shredded leaves can be compactly packaged. The only precaution you have to take, however, is to ensure that the piles of leaves to be shredded do not have any foreign and unwanted and materials or hard debris as they may ruin or damage the leaf shredder.
These 5 Fall tools will surely make light the work of cleaning up leaves from your lawn and yard. They will ensure that your lawn maintains the lush look throughout the Fall season.