How to rake leaves more efficiently.
Raking leaves is a fact of life for many homeowners. Cool autumn weather and less sunlight are signals to certain trees that it is time to shed their leaves. A leafless tree is more capable of conserving energy and riding out the winter successfully. Trees also shed their leaves during periods of drought or if they have produced too many leaves in the summer and need to conserve water.
For homeowners, fallen leaves can be an unsightly nuisance that can stain concrete and smother lawns, especially when fallen leaves are not promptly removed. Raking is a timely task many homeowners dread. But it is possible to cut down on the time it takes to clear a yard of all those unsightly leaves.
• Wait for the majority of leaves to drop before beginning your work. If you start too early in the season, you may end up raking multiple times and that is not timeefficient.
• Use the technology at your disposal. If the grass is still growing, you can use a mulching mower to take care of some of the leaves. The mower will shred the leaves and create nutrients for the soil and the lawn. However, once the lawn stops growing you do not want to cut it too short. This is when it is time to take out the rake.
A composting vacuum and leaf blower are other ways to make quick work of cleaning up leaves. Although these devices may not be as eco-friendly as a rake, they can significantly reduce the time it takes to clear a yard of fallen leaves.
• Remember to rake downwind. It is a good idea to save raking for a day when it is not too breezy; otherwise, you may end up raking the same spots over and over. Handle small spots at one time and rake the leaves into small piles. Then you can easily transfer the leaves to a tarp or bag and set aside for disposal or deposit them into your compost heap.
• Invest in a lightweight leaf rake and a good pair of gloves. Being comfortable while doing the work will make it go more smoothly and quickly, and a lightweight rake won’t be too taxing, while gloves will prevent the formation of blisters. In addition, take breaks to rest and recharge.
• Move your feet as you rake so your arms and back are not doing all of the work. Think of it as dragging the leaves more so than just shuffling them around. The more leaves you can gather in one pass of the rake, the more quickly the job will go.
• Spread the work around. Sharing the task with others certainly cuts down on the time it takes to clear the yard. Have a leaf-raking party in which members of the household each pitch in before everyone enjoys a well-deserved backyard barbecue.
Although raking leaves may not be the average homeowner’s favorite activity, it is a healthy one. Various muscles are worked when raking, which also is a good form of cardiovascular exercise. In fact, a person who weighs 180 pounds can expect to burn more than 350 calories raking leaves for an hour.
For homeowners, fallen leaves can be an unsightly nuisance that can stain concrete and smother lawns, especially when fallen leaves are not promptly removed.