Leaf-gath­er­ing tools

While au­tumn leaves can be a curse, smoth­er­ing plants and lawns, they also pro­vide valu­able leaf­mould. Tim Rum­ball looks at six leaf-gath­er­ing tools Tim tests six prod­ucts this week to de­ter­mine the best for you

Amateur Gardening - - Tried & Tested - by Tim Rum­ball

IT’S that time of year again, when lawns and borders dis­ap­pear un­der a thick blan­ket of au­tumn leaves. If left in place, th­ese leaves can smother and kill small plants and lawns so they must be gath­ered up.

The leaves can ei­ther be taken to the tip or, if you have space, rot­ted down and turned into a top-class soil con­di­tioner or mulch. Au­tumn leaves are light and bulky, easy to rake into piles but dif­fi­cult to pick up with gloved hands.

That’s where leaf grab­bers come in, quickly shift­ing large vol­umes into your bar­row for pro­cess­ing else­where. In

ef­fect, they’re just gi­ant hands – very Kenny Everett – though some have long han­dles to save you bend­ing. We tried six dif­fer­ent mod­els to help you choose the best for your gar­den.

A leaf-grab­bing tool can save a lot of time and ef­fort, but which is best for you?

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