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Cleaning up the leaves – how to do it

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I don't know about you, but leaves around my way are an absolute nightmare at this time of year. I've already sent a petition off to the council to try and get some of the nearby trees reduced in height so they are more managable. In the meantime what can you and I do to make the place look nicer, and get rid of any slip hazard?

How will you get rid of all those leaves on your lawn? Actually, it shouldn't be too hard. For example, with a Mower and a blower, you can do a fast job in less time.
You should mow the leaves by passing the mower over them to tear them up into pieces and the little bits that are going to help your soil get the nourishment that it needs. This is a good thing for a number a reasons, for one thing rather than just storing up your lawn mower for winter, get some use out of it.
You may need to spread the leaves out because wetness and piled up leaves may not be very good for the mower and could snag it up and stall it. Listen to the engine and if it's straining, slow down and tilt it back until the straining stops. You could also change to side discharge from bagging to give the mower more room to breathe.
While your plants need mulch to help them grow, it is much better to first clear the leaves away from the plants base with a blower. You will do a much better job if you have a blower that can also vacuum but please wear a dust mask and goggles for protecting your eyes. Did you know that some of the blowers can also be used for clearing your gutters because they have a curved tube for just that? This is a big plus, not forgetting that you can use it to blow your deck clean.
As an easy way to gather up and collect leaves, you will need a large tarpaulin, best to use a plastic one so that you can rake your leaves onto it, and then mow them with your mower on side discharge mode. When the tarpaulin is full it will be a quite hard to handle, so it would be better if you could rope it through the grommets and knot the ends up so that you can prevent it from spilling its contents.


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