While leaf removal can seem like a never-ending chore during the fall months, ignoring leaf cleanup can lead to insect infestations and unhealthy grass in the spring. Removing leaves from your lawn provides the sunlight, nutrients and water it needs. Plus, leaves can provide some great uses in the garden.
If the amount of leaves on the grass is not too deep, consider running over them with a mulching lawn mower. Make a few passes over your yard in different directions. This breaks the leaves into small pieces that can easily decompose into the lawn. The organic matter will provide nutrients and help grass to survive the winter months.
If you have a smaller yard with deeper layers of leaves, rake them into piles and bag for pickup. However, a better use is shredding them for organic mulch in your flower beds and vegetable garden. Apply 2 to 3 inches of leaves to help the soil retain moisture, stay cool and limit weed germination. The leaves will also add nutrients to the soil as they break down over time.
Even a small yard can become overwhelming, and sometimes you'll need more than a rake to get the job done. For a smaller cleanup area, the TB180B Electric Leaf Blower is a perfect size, lightweight and easy to operate.
If it's a bigger cleanup job or a larger area you're looking to clear, try the TB4BP EC Backpack Gas Leaf Blower. With a compact backpack design and powerful airflow, it's designed to reduce user fatigue and is comfortable to carry for long periods of time. You can also eliminate pull starting with the JumpStart' Engine Starter, a cordless electric start adaptor. Providing up to 40 starts on a single charge, it features a rechargeable 12-volt lithium-ion battery and includes a battery charger.
After all the leaves have fallen and your cleanup work is finished, you may think you'll never want to see another leaf again. When spring rolls around, however, you might wish you had some brown materials to add to your compost pile. One solution is to keep a bag or two of leaves in your garage to save for composting in the spring. You'll be happy you kept a few leaves around.