How to get rid of leaves without raking

Man using a leaf blower in a park with autumn leaves around him.
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We get it - raking leaves can be a slog. You may long for an alternative solution if you have huge piles of leaves to clear. Here, we’ll cover how to get rid of leaves without raking them to save you time and hard labor.

Want to fast-track your way to a pristine yard? Leaf blowers offer a convenient way to tackle those leaves. Plus, they provide a superb alternative to a rake if you experience back problems. Check the specifications for a lightweight option. 

We’ve consulted an expert about how to get rid of leaves without raking them. You’ll learn the benefits of using a leaf blower, and we have insider tips about achieving the best results. 

If you want to get the job done with less graft, check out our guide to the best leaf blowers (opens in new tab) to find the right model for you.

For now, let’s delve into how to get rid of leaves without raking them.

How to get rid of leaves without raking them 

Fed up with raking endless piles of leaves? Leaf blowers might be the answer to your prayers. “Where there are leaves, there will be a need for leaf blowers. Manual labor is no longer efficient when it comes to this fall season chore,” says Deborah Looi, plant expert and founder of GardeningCollective (opens in new tab).

So why pick a leaf blower over a rake? Unless you’re a traditionalist, you may be better off with a leaf blower. “They make short work out of what used to be a long, tedious job. They can clear a large area in a fraction of the time it would take to rake by hand,” says Deborah.

Plus, leaf blowers eliminate the hassle of removing leaves. “A leaf blower does all the work for you, so you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labors,” explains Deborah.

If you’ve converted to the benefits of leaf blowers, pick a dry day for the best results. Gather the leaves little and often to avoid it becoming a mammoth task.

Once you’ve collected your leaves, why not add them to a compost heap? It’s eco-friendly, and you’ll reap the benefits when you have a cheap source of nutrient-rich compost ready for planting next year. Be sure to incorporate green waste like grass clippings or kitchen waste to achieve the right balance.

Consider investing in a leaf blower with a shredding feature for the ultimate convenience. This chops the leaves into tiny pieces, which transform into compost quickly or take up less room in your green waste.

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Louise Bond

Louise Bond is a UK-based writer specializing in health and wellbeing. She has over eight years of experience in management within health and care and brings this passion and expertise to her writing. Louise has been published in The Guardian, Live Science, Fit & Well, Tom’s Guide, Planet Mindful, Breathe, and Psychreg. She is at her happiest when she is out in nature, whether that’s on an invigorating hike or pottering in the garden.

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