4 Leaf Removal Tools To Make The Job So Much Easier

Dated: 10/31/2017

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Just for fun, take an inventory of all the leaf removal tools cluttering your garage.

Bet you’ve got a half-dozen rakes of different sizes and materials, maybe a blower or two in various states of repair, and maybe even some kickstarter gadget you thought would make it easier. Fewer gizmos — but the right ones — and more elbow grease help homeowners remove leaves and keep up with lawn maintenance.

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. You should pick them up throughout the season. Don’t wait until the last minute. 


These four tools will help make the task less daunting.

#1 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).

#2 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.

#3 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 is $180; 2-cycle backpack blower is $300.

#4 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. Or, even better, they make great mulch!

Cost: $400-$650.

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Rob St. John

Rob is a proud resident of the St. Matthews community. When not involved in his day to day real estate business, he enjoys time with his wife, Sarah, his daughter, Claire, and two of the goofiest dogs....

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