Tricks for Making Raking Easier

Oak leavesLet’s face it; no one enjoys raking. However, it’s a common part of yard work, and someone has to do it. With that in mind, why not do what you can to make the task easier? There are steps and techniques you can apply to reduce the amount of frustration raking may cause. Here are a few.

1. Rake with the wind.
Instead of fighting nature in all of its power, rake leaves in the direction the wind is blowing. This makes it easier, as the blowing of the wind will help to group the leaves up and do some of the work for you. Even if it means raking in a direction you normally wouldn’t, the leaves can still be easily transported later by using a tarp. This means you an easily transport the leaves to a compost pile or trash bin.

2. Mow the lawn instead of raking.
If you need to mow the lawn, consider waiting to rake until afterwards. Cutting the grass first will allow you to turn many of the leaves into mulch, which not only reduces the amount of work you have to do, but returns many nutrients into the soil where it belongs. You get a healthy lawn and you don’t have to rake as much; it’s a win-win.

3. Rake downhill.
Much like raking with the wind, raking downhill can be much easier than going uphill and trying to fight against gravity. Not only do the leaves move more easily, but you also don’t tire yourself up climbing up a hill with each and every pull.

It’s not a fun job, but it’s necessary. However, by implementing these three tips into your routine, you can save yourself a lot of trouble and get the job done more quickly in the process.
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