Remember how excited you were to see leaves fall when you were a kid? You’d bundle up, run out to the yard and happily dive into that tall, crispy leaf pile.
Things are different, now that you’re the one who has to clean up those leaves. Leaf removal can feel much more like a chore—but it doesn’t have to. Breeze through your seasonal duty with the tips listed below.
Best Way To Deal With Leaves & Remove Leaves From The Yard
Yes, leaf removal can be easy. Trust us! Here’s how.
Easiest Way To Pick Up Leaves – Even If You Have A Large Yard
Instead of grabbing the rake, clean up your yard’s leaves with (drum roll, please) a mower!
A mulching mower works best, or raise or raise your mower deck to the highest setting. This method is most effective if leaves are spread out throughout the yard.
As you mow, the leaves will break down into smaller pieces and settle into grass leaf blades. Not only does this tidy up the yard, but the leaf bits provide a natural source of beneficial nutrients for your grass. If your leaf coverage is deeper than usual, you will most likely need to mow once or twice more. Be sure to mow in different directions if multiple mower passes are needed.
It would be a good idea to leave the mulched plant leaves directly on the ground and allow them to break down into the soil. If leaf litter is so thick that multiple mowings do not help, then use a mower bag so that you can empty it right into your garden beds or compost pile.
Other Leaf Disposal Ideas – Including The Best Way To Bag Leaves
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!