Guess what I will be doing this weekend…yes, even in Florida, we have to rake leaves! I do have to admit that I have a lot less leaves to rake than when I lived in either northern California or Maryland. The weather is pretty nice too-sunny, clear, 72 degrees with a slight breeze-so I guess I really should not complain.  As I checked my email I strayed a little (like I have a tendency to do from time to time when on the Internet) and came across this article. I think that it gives me some kind of bonus points for doing some research before doing the actual work. Right? Maybe? Kinda? Sorta? Aww, probably not, I just need to get out there & as Nike says, “Just do it”.

4 Leaf Removal Tools that Clear Yards of Fall Debris

  • Published: September, 2011
  • By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon
Just for fun, take an inventory of all the leaf removal tools cluttering your  garage.

If you’re like me, you’ve got a half-dozen rakes of different sizes and  materials, a couple of blowers in various states of repair, and a couple of  infomercial gadgets that promise to make annual leaf gathering faster and  easier.

In fact, you need only a few essential leaf removal items in your landscape  tool collection to accomplish your autumn goal — removing the heavy leaves  that smother grass and make your lawn a splotchy mess in spring.

Fewer  gizmos and more elbow grease help home owners remove leaves and keep up with lawn  maintenance, says Brett Lemcke of R. M. Landscape Inc. in Rochester,  NY.

“The reality is, you can’t avoid hard work” when it comes to fall  landscaping chores, says Lemcke. “There are some tools that will help us, but  the best help is family and friends. The more hands, the better. Doing it  yourself is daunting.”
Unless you tether a mower to a stick and let it  mulch leaves all by itself.
Whether you rake,  blow, or tie a mower to a stick, you should remove leaves at least twice each  fall.
“Some people wait until every last leaf falls, and then they pick  them up,” Lemke says. “You should pick them up throughout the season. Don’t wait  until the last minute.”

Here are four essential leaf-removal tools  that’ll help you clear your lawn before winter sets in:

  • Rigid leaf rake. This plastic, fan-shaped rake is your  go-to rake for collecting leaves. Pick one with a cushion handle and a 30- to  36-inch fan. Avoid the super-wide fans that can spread to 48 inches; they’re too  big to rake between shrubs and in flower beds. Cost: $10-$20 (30-inch fan).
  • Leaf tarp. Instead of scooping leaves into a million  plastic bags, rake or blow them into a big pile on top of a polypropylene leaf  tarp. Then drag the tarp to the curb and dump. Cost: $22 for 12.5-by-10-ft.  tarp.
  • Leaf blower. Select a two-cycle, gasoline-powered blower to  collect leaves in tarps or blow them directly to the curb. If you have a large  yard, buy a backpack model, which is more expensive but more comfortable than  handheld blowers. Cost: 2-cycle handheld blower: $180; 2-cycle backpack blower:  $300.   (*** I personally don’t like leaf blowers for the most part because so many people tend to blow the leaves into my yard or their neighbors instead of picking them up. Ugh! Annalisa***)
  • Yard vacuum. This tool vacuums, shreds, chips, and bags  leaves and other yard debris. Once leaves are ground up, they’ll decompose  quickly in your compost  pile. Cost: $400-$650.

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