Leaf Raking and Cleanup
Gardeners who dread the chore of raking and leaf cleanup should reevaluate their yard tools.
The best rakes are those with steel tines, which capture leaves and twigs easily without the need to apply downward pressure. Steel tines also yield when one encounters rocks or other debris in the yard. Choose a model with at least a 24-inch head to capture more debris with fewer swipes.
The last essential yard tool to make leaf cleaning easier is a pair of leaf scoops. These plastic claws have straps that attach to a gardener’s hands, allowing him to pick up several times the volume of leaves he could with gloved hands.