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
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?