As the leaves turn brown and hit the ground it is time to understand the importance of proper leaf pickup! Whether you have been cleaning up leaves for years or this will be your first fall to do it, it is always beneficial to know the do’s and don’ts.
Having the right equipment can make your cleanup more efficient and you can save yourself from more strenuous work. For example, having a longer or short rake can take its toll on your spine from over or under stretching. The perfect rake will allow you to stand more straight as opposed to those that force you to continuously bend.
Remember to also wear protective gear such as close-toed shoes, gloves or eye protectors just in case of unexpected blisters. It can also be advised to wear a mask so that you can reduce the chance of pollen rising up from the ground and leaves. If you are looking for an even quicker way to move the leaves consider purchasing a leaf blower.
The best weather for raking leaves is when it is dry, cool and not as windy. If the forecast is set for rain make sure you rake ahead of time otherwise it might take you longer and with more effort to get the job done (wet leaves are heavy to try and pick up).
Make sure you do not wait too long before you rake your leaves. By procrastinating you are only adding more to your plate and workload. When leaves accumulate then you have increased the risk of being fined by the city for not properly disposing of your leaves.
According to the Addison’s Storm Water Management website, storm drains are a part of our drinking supply so when the drains are polluted, you are polluting the same water you drink.