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The Eco Preservation Society is a membership, educational and networking organization specializing in the promotion of sustainable human action focused on achieving positive environmental effects. Our job is to market study, travel and instruction applications that advance environmental awareness and facilitate public consciousness with a call to action.

Raking Leaves – Yes, There ARE Benefits!

It's that time of year - leaves falling on the garden. Is raking leaves just a chore, or are there benefits? And what should you do with the leaves? What's the best equipment? Find out here.

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It's that time of year - leaves falling on the garden. Is raking leaves just a chore, or are there benefits? And what should you do with the leaves? What's the best equipment? Find out here.

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Raking Leaves – Six Benefits AND The Best Ways!

 

The arrival of Fall or Autumn means wonderful displays of autumn leaves turning russet and gold.  It also means – if you live near deciduous trees – a lot of leaves on the ground.

autumn fall raking leavesCan you just leave them there? Or what can you do with them?

What do you do with all of those leaves?

If there are only a few leaves on your lawn, no problem.

But if you have a lot of leaves, you do need to get rid of them. Why? They can turn into a slimy mush after rain, and then your lawn is deprived of oxygen and could die.

You can certainly leave the leaves on your lawn some years – they can act as a protective cover and provide some nutrients. But not every year – your lawn needs fresh air and sunlight.

In this article I look at:

  • How best to remove the leaves
  • What to do with the leaves (and what NOT to do!)

How to remove the leaves from your garden or yard

You have choices – and naturally, some choices are greener and more ecofriendly than others.

  1. Sweep or rake them up yourself
  2. Get the kids or grandkids or neighbourhood kids to earn some pocket-money by raking them up.
  3. If these aren’t feasible, then use a leaf blower or vacuum.


The Benefits of Raking Leaves

raking leavesIt may seem like a chore, but actually there are several benefits of raking leaves.

  1. You give yourself a good workout – in the fresh air
  2. You keep warm without artificial (and expensive) heating
  3. You get a huge sense of satisfaction once you’ve finished raking the garden
  4. And for the garden, there is another big benefit. Lawns get lawn thatch – a layer of dead grass tissue just above the soil. When you rake deeply you remove not only leaves but also lawn thatch – and that helps your lawn to breathe.
  5. Raking leaves causes no pollution (unlike leaf blowers)
  6. Raking leaves creates little or no noise (unlike leaf blowers).

The Best Rakes To Choose

I used to think that a rake was a rake – but in fact there is a surprising choice of designs. Here are some things to look out for, to help you make the right choice for YOU.

  • Ergonomic rakes (with a bent handle) are much easier on your back – once you’ve learnt to let the rake do the work instead of you.
  • Foam-cushioned handles help to prevent blisters.
  • Wider rakes speed up the process – you collect more leaves per sweep.
  • Expanding rakes let you rake the lawn quickly in wide sweeps and then slip in between plants or walls with it narrowed down.
  • Clog-free” rakes are designed not to get clogged up with leaves as often as regular rakes.
Bully Tools 92312 Leaf and Thatching Rake with Fiberglass Handle and 24 Spring Steel Tines
Price: $39.99
Telescopic Rake Folding Rake Garden Rake Heavy Duty Foldable Rake
Price: $20.95
Amazing Rake 3-IN-1 Yellow Ergonomic Lightweight Pickup Yard Tool
Price: $29.99
EMSCO Group Leaf Rake – 32" Resin Head – 48" Hardwood Handle
Price:
Corona RK 62061 Fixed Tine Leaf Rake, 19-Inch Wide
Price: $28.14
True Temper 30-Inch Poly Cushion Grip Leaf Rake - 1922800
Price: $24.73
True American 193101400 Wet-N-Dry Leaf Rake
Price: $23.99
Black & Decker 15-Tine Adjustable Steel Rake, 59"
Price: $14.99

 

As well as “normal” rakes, you can also choose leaf scoops. They’re good because you can often collect more leaves in one scoop than you can with one rake. But you need to bend over all the time so they’re not good if you have a bad back.

Rugg PPLS1012 Original Leaf Scoops Pair, Yellow
Price: $6.49
Step2 Pick Up Claws Leaf Scoops And Hand Rake For Yards
Price: $34.99
ReLeaf Leaf Scoops: Ergonomic, Large Hand Held Rakes for Fast Leaf & Lawn Grass Removal
Price: $39.95
SCHOME Yellow Large Garden and Yard Leaf Scoops,Plastic Scoop Grass,Hand Leaf Rakes And Leaf Collector For Garden Rubbish Great Tool (Set Of 2)
Price: $19.99

What NOT to do with your Leaves

Once you’ve collected them, please don’t burn your leaves! Find out why not – and see the many smart things you can do with your leaves here.

Conclusion

Raking leaves has several benefits over using a leaf blower, including exercise, no air pollution or noise, and removing lawn thatch. And of course, leaf rakes or scoops can also be used throughout the rest of the year for cleaning up lawn debris and clippings, as well as trash or rubbish.

However, sometimes you need a leaf blower –  and so my next post tells you how to choose the best leaf blower.

Next:  Leaf blowers / leaf vacuums – what they’re good for, and the best ones.

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