Remember how excited you were to see leaves fall when you were a kid? You’d bundle up, run into the yard and happily dive into that tall, crispy leaf pile.
Nowadays, though, seeing leaves cascade into the yard reminds you that you’re the one who has to clean them up. Leaf removal can feel much more like a chore—but it doesn’t have to. Breeze through your seasonal duty with the tips below.
Yes, leaf removal can be easy. Trust us! Here’s how.
Instead of grabbing the rake, clean up your yard’s leaves with (drum roll, please) a mower!
A mulching mower works best, or you can raise your mower’s blade to the highest setting. And this method is most effective if leaves are pretty spread out throughout the yard.
As you mow, the leaves will break down into tiny pieces and filter into grass blades. Not only does this tidy up the yard, but the leaf bits make a natural mulch for your grass. If your leaf coverage is deeper than usual, just buzz around the yard once or twice more.
Then, you can leave the leaves directly on the ground. Or if you prefer, use a mower bag so that you can empty it right into your garden beds or compost pile.
If you’d rather grab a rake and reignite your childhood nostalgia, make the job easier with a tarp.
Lay a large tarp in your yard and collect the leaves on top of it. To take your leaves to the curb, just lift and dump! Or if you need to bag your leaves, use the tarp as a funnel. Put a bag in a trash can, then have someone else guide the leaves as you hold the tarp above the can. Voila!