If you have trees in, or around your home then you are likely to be busy picking up leaves throughout the autumn. Fallen leaves get everywhere, and they aren’t always the easiest of things to collect. That is why a variety of leaf collection equipment is needed when collecting leaves from different types of terrain in and around your property.
Equipment to collect leaves from the grass
There are a variety of tools suitable for collecting leaves from your lawn. The cheapest tool available is a handheld garden rake. A flat, tined plastic or rubber rake is best for collecting leaves from grassy areas and are generally inexpensive to buy. Regularly raking your lawn with a metal spring tined rake will be too harsh, and will damage your lawn. While these are suitable for almost all gardens, owners of larger lawns with lots of leaves may find a handheld rake too physically demanding. An alternative is a grabber - a grabber is like a litter picker, but with a larger picking area allowing you to collect leaves.
For people that prefer less hard work, leaf blowers are perfect. Petrol and electric leaf blowers are available to buy in most good retailers. These excellent pieces of equipment collect leaves by blowing them into piles, allowing the user to then pick up the leaves from a single location to dispose of. Electric leaf blowers tend to be lighter and quieter than petrol models - making them suitable to residential areas.
Equipment to collect leaves from gravel
Collecting fallen autumn leaves from gravel can be a little tricky. The best way is to use a spring tine fan rake, because the problem with leaf blowers and garden vacuums is that, the more powerful ones will blow or suck the gravel up, not only ruining your gardens look, but ruining your leaf blower / vacuum too. Before using any leaf blower or garden vacuum on gravel, first read the manufacturer’s instructions for advice. A soft broom may also work.
Equipment to collect leaves from delicate plants and bushes
When collecting leaves from around your plants it’s important not to break or damage them. The safest way is by hand - picking them up wearing a pair of gardening gloves. This can be backbreaking work. A broom made of twigs, sometimes called a witches broom can be the best piece of equipment to buy to remove the leaves from flowerbeds, before collecting them.