In our last post, we told you about the best time to rake leaves, and how to prepare for raking. Here is a quick guide to effective raking, and some smart ways to use those leaves once you’re done with them:

Before You Rake
In our last post, we mentioned that it is best to wait until nearly all the leaves have fallen to rake your lawn. While this is sound advice, you will still want to deal with the leaves that fall earlier. Mow your lawn on a regular basis with a mulching mower or use a bag attachment on your mower to maintain your lawn health as the fall progresses. Do this when the leaves are dry, and the wind is still.

Raking Methods
When you’re raking your lawn, you should also be removing thatch – dead grass that builds up between the grass and the soil. It is important to remove it on a regular basis to maintain lawn health. Using the right raking method allows you to both rake your leaves and remove thatch.

Rake vigorously and deeply, making sure the tines of the rake reach all the way down to the thatch. Go slowly so that you can make sure you didn’t miss any spots.

This raking technique can be tiring and uses muscles that you probably don’t use that much. Make sure you take breaks from time to time and switch your hand grip. The correct posture to rake leaves is to keep your back straight and your knees bent.

Reusing the Leaves
Leaves can be used as compost for your garden or as mulch, so don’t let them go to waste! Reusing your leaves can save you plenty of money when it’s time to do your landscaping in the spring.

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