It’s that time, my friends, to rake a difference. Or, maybe not. We just had to know if there’s another way to get rid of the leaves, especially since some of us have outgrown the need to jump in them. Here’s our list of strategies on how to get rid of leaves without raking and the schedule of leaf pick up Pittsford NY!
Seriously, it was the title of the article from E-How that caught our attention: “How to Remove Leaves from Your Yard with Minimum Effort” Yes, indeed, that’s almost exactly what we googled. Here’s the mainpoint:
- Get a leaf blower and make sure it’s not too loud. (Some home owner associations actually have noise standards)
- Don your earplugs and goggles
- Blow the leaves onto a tarp
- Bring it all to the curb
That’s great if you live in a town that has leaf pick up. If you live in Pittsford, you’ll have to separate the yard debris from the leaves as some of the debris can damage the leaf pick up machines. Here’s the scoop:
Our crews will be in your neighborhood approximately every two weeks to collect loose leaf piles. Consolidating small piles of leaves into larger piles will help expedite leaf pick up. During this time, crews will continue to pick up yard debris every week if it is placed in a bag/container and separated from your leaf piles. It is important to keep leaves and yard debris separated, as yard debris can damage our leaf vacuum or cause injury to crew staff. PLEASE NOTE that loose brush will not be picked up during this time but containerized debris will be (see Yard Debris section below for information).
Hmmm, looks like it’s on to plan B.
Apparently, according to the lawn care experts, it’s best to mulch your lawn to keep it healthy. You’ll need a lawnmower with mulching capability. You can add a serrated mulching blade to your current model or you can buy a mulching lawn mower. The key is to keep up with it and you may find that you may have to make more than one pass. According to contributor Jennifer Noonan at Bob Vila.com:
Proceed to mow the lawn just as if it were any other day, not the most exciting day of your life—the day you finally break free from the tyranny of raking. The goal is to cut the leaves into shreds that are about a half-inch in diameter (more or less the size of a dime). As mentioned, depending on the volume of leaves that have fallen on your lawn, it might take more than one pass to get the shreds to the desired size. When you’re done, the leaf shreds should have fallen between the blades of grass to reveal much of the lawn. A passerby might easily be fooled into thinking that you had raked!
Our friend Bob and others mentioned that it’s a great idea to take the mulched leaves and add them to your garden bed or compost. Sounds like more work, but creating the composting bin will be worth it in the long run.
With dry leaves, on a day that’s not too rainy, the cardboard strategy we found on several Facebook feeds, just might work.
You may decide after all, that raking isn’t so bad. (You wanted to shake up your cross fit training program anyway, right?) Here are a few of the strategies to keep in mind that will keep raking easy and fun (Seriously, this article says-Keep it fun.)
#1 If you don’t already have one, buy a sturdy rake with wide tines that will bend a tad. This will make it easier for you to get more leaves per sweep.
#2 To prevent backaches from using muscles that you don’t normally use, don’t stand in one place when you rake. Instead, move your feet and legs as you bend and twist to do the raking. This will help to prevent injuries and discomfort down the road.
#3 When sweeping with your rake, sweep in smaller motions rather than larger ones. You will get more leaves per sweep that way, not to mention more of a workout for you muscles.
Sometimes the key to make raking leaves easier is to have a yard with less trees. Contact us today, and we can help you make a move! Need to get to the bottom of your finances? Contact our trusted service provider, Mike Monile.