Lowe's Home Improvement

Raking Tips

Raking Tips

It seems like it goes from summer to autumn almost overnight and you wake up one morning to find your yard filled with leaves. You might be surprised to learn that the average tree has about 200,000 leaves. And, most, if not all of them, will end up in your yard. When it's time to rake, a few simple tips can make a big difference in getting the job done with efficiency.

Rake Your Yard

First, select the proper rake for the job. Heads of leaf rakes generally range from 24 to 30 inches in width with deep baskets, or bends in the tines at the base of the rake to capture leaves and debris. You’ll want a lightweight rake where all tines touch the ground at the same time. This makes for the most efficient raking.

Evaluate the rake handle. Look for cushion grips for comfort with a minimum of a 48-inch handle; or select an even longer 60-inch handle for extended reach.

When you're ready to rake, start in a corner of your yard, raking up leaves straight across from one corner to the other corner horizontally. Rake your leaves into a line of leaves as you go along. As you finish each row, rake the line towards the middle, forming a pile. Use long, sweeping, fast rake motions. Rakes with larger capacity allow you to collect large amounts of leaves quickly.

With your leaves in a pile, they're ready to bag for disposal. If you're moving them to the curb for pickup, you can use a large square of burlap or a tarp under the piles to easily move them to the street.

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