We moved to a large yard. With lots of trees. And lots of leaves!
And now those leaves are on the ground and on our patio! (Insert screaming face emoji.)
What can we use to pick up those leaves???
Jay hired our mowers to pick up the leaves from most of the yard. But he randomly decided that we would do the part that is inside our fenced-in patio area to save a few bucks.
This area is large. Really large.
Jay worked on one section around our pool one day.
It took him an hour and a half just to clear the pool area of leaves. And he ended up with 9 large plastic bags full of leaves!
This was not a good solution!
The wasteful use of plastic… the time…
So he did some research and we bought these mammoth leaf collecting bags from Amazon!
With these and two other leaf pick up tools, we were saved!
Here are the 3 tools you need to pick up leaves easily in your yard!
- Giant Reusable Yard Waste Leaf Bags
- Large Plastic Rake
- Electric Leaf Blower
Let’s talk about each one!
Giant Reusable Yard Waste Leaf Bags
These huge plastic bags are awesome!
You can get them in various sizes and packs on Amazon.
Jay chose the 3 pack of 132 gallon bags.
They come with a plastic rim that you insert through the top. This helps hold the bag open and keeps it from tipping over or collapsing.
The material is really sturdy. Sort of a like a slick tarp material that helps the leaves slide in easily and smoothly.
And the bottom is double reinforced and you can stuff it as full as it will go without worrying about the bottom dropping out! Literally!
Here’s another benefit…
Zero Waste Lifestyle
One of the reasons we were both so excited about these bags is because they’re helping us on our journey of a less waste, less one-use plastic lifestyle.
Every decision and step counts! And saving dozens and dozens of huge plastic disposable yard waste bags every year seems like a pretty big win!
There are also countless uses for these awesome heavy duty bags besides collecting leaves:
- Store toys in them
- Manage seasonal decor
- Use them for picking up limbs and twigs in your yard…
- Or any other kind of yard clipping
- Store pool gear and tools in them
Let’s look at the next yard tool you need to streamline this process!
Large Plastic Pick-Up Leaf Rake
You might also find a leaf rake handy for this endeavor!
Pick one that is really sturdy but plastic so that it won’t scrape or scratch your surface.
The large, lightweight rake also acts like a big hand or scooper to help scoop up the leaves and get them into your reusable yard waste bag.
Just like the leaf collecting bags, a leaf rake comes in handy for many reasons.
You can use a plastic rake year round for all kinds of yard work:
- Smoothing and spreading mulch
- Collecting leaves
- Raking up walnuts
- Cleaning off bushes
It’s an all-use kind of yard tool!
Now let’s look at the key tool to making collecting leaves super easy:
Toro Ultra Electric Leaf Blower and Vac
The whole mission of gathering and picking up leaves would be impossible without an electric leaf blower.
Before you let your arm fall off from having to rake your entire yard, save yourself a huge headache and get a leaf blower!
We’d recommend this Toro 51619 Ultra Electric Blower Vac, 250 mph.
The vacuum part isn’t really necessary, but most leaf blowers come with that feature now.
When you click on the link above, you’ll see all the choices you have for different speeds. But of course, it makes sense to get the most powerful one!
Why waste time and energy with a low-powered machine! You want to get this done as quickly as possible!
Some leaf blowers are cordless, but you’ll pay a bit more for that feature.
Just get yourself a really long extension cord and save yourself a few bucks!
And that’s it!
All you need is three tools to make your leaf clean up 10Xs easier than last year!
Don’t forget to include the kids during yard clean up! This is a great chore for the whole family to get involved in!
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