The Do’s and Don’ts of Fall Leaf Cleanup

The fall season may be beautiful, but as any homeowner knows, there is one very important chore that needs to be done. Leaf cleanup can be a lot of work, depending on how many trees are on your property. But, with a few tips and tricks, cleanup can be easier than ever.

The Do’s of Fall Leaf Cleanup

DO use the right equipment.

When it comes to a leaf rake, make sure it’s of good quality, sturdy, and the right height for you. A leaf blower might be a good investment to help you move the leaves quicker and easier.

DO rely on help from others.

Raking up all the leaves on your property is no easy task, especially if you’re doing it on your own. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family, friends, or professionals to get the job done.

DO rake into a tarp.

Make the leaf cleanup process easier by laying down a tarp and then raking all the leaves on top. When done, you can drag the entire pile over to your compost pile or trash bin for easier disposal.

DO shred your leaves.

If you’d like to make the most out of leaf cleanup, consider shredding your leaves. Leaf shreds can be used as mulch to help improve your lawn’s health.

The Don’ts of Fall Leaf Cleanup

DON’T skip it.

It may be tempting to skip your fall cleanup this season completely, but if you don’t get rid of those leaves, you can expect a dead and unhappy lawn for all next spring and summer.  

DON’T forget to wear the right gear.

Raking leaves isn’t necessarily a dangerous activity, but it’s best to protect yourself from any potential mishaps. Wear gloves to avoid blisters or scratches, long sleeves, pants, and boots, to stay warm and keep bugs off you, and a mask if you need to avoid breathing in any dust and pollen that’s kicked up into the air. 

DON’T hurt your back.

It happens time and time again when you finally finish all the hard work and then realize your back feels like it’s on fire. Prevent back pain by working smartly with a rake that’s long enough for you to stand straighter. As you rake, bend more with your knees and reach further with your arms. Don’t forget to take breaks and stretch!

DON’T forget to check the weather.

Wet leaves are heavy and tough to maneuver, so be sure to check the forecast, and if any rain is in sight, get the raking done ahead of time. The perfect weather for leaf raking is cool, still, and dry. 

Contact Ambrosio Landscape Solutions for Help With Backyard Maintenance

Enjoy nature right in your own backyard. When property maintenance becomes too much, we’re the team to take care of it for you. The experts at Ambrosio Landscape Solutions are here to help do all the hard work so your yard looks beautiful and functions properly at all times. Contact us today or give us a call at (203) 762-5167.

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