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How to Pick Up Leaves With a Mower: Fix Bagger Problems

When you have too many leaves to pick up with a rake or a leaf blower, you can install a leaf collection system on your riding mower or zero-turn. I prefer to remove leaves using a bagger because it is a much simpler solution to leaf pickup than blowing leaves into a pile and bagging them.

Having to manually bag leaves is a pain and I go through so many bags. With a leaf collection system on my lawn mower, the mower blades chop up the leaves before it blows them into the leaf collection bags or hopper.

I find a collection system convenient to pick up leaves with a mower, but you can run into problems when your leaf collection system will not pick up the leaves.

I will explain the several types of leaf collections along with items to look at when you have problems picking up leaves.

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How to Pick Up Leaves With a Lawn Mower

A lawn mower can be used to pick up leaves with the use of a leaf collection system. A riding mower or zero-turn mower can utilize a flow, belt-driven, or pull-behind leaf collection system.

The best way to pick up leaves is to make passes over the leaves with your lawn mower which blows them into the attached bags. It may take more than one pass to collect all your leaves.

Leaf collection systems used to pick up leaves are the same systems you use to pick up grass clippings. You can use your current lawn mower grass bagger to pick up leaves.

Many lawn mower manufacturers have collections systems that have been designed to fit their model lawn mowers.

Check with your lawn mower dealer to see if there is a bagger system that fits your lawn mower as this will be ideal if it is available.

Types of Leaf Collection Systems that Can Be Used on Lawn Mowers

There are three types of grass collection systems that can be used on your riding lawn mower or zero-turn: flow leaf collection system, belt driven leaf collection system, and pull-behind leaf collection system.

Flow Leaf Collection Bagger System

The least complicated type of leaf collection system available for your riding mower or zero-turn is the flow system.

This type of system uses the airflow created by the mower blades to move the chopped leaves through the tube and into the attached bag.

On a push mower, the leaves will be pushed through the discharge chute into the grass catcher bag.

Belt Driven Leaf Collection Bagger System

In a belt drive leaf collection system, you will find a blower housing attached to the discharge side of the mower deck. This housing protects the impeller fan.

A belt added to the mower to drive the impeller fan creates an increased airflow to push the leaves through the blower tube into the attached bags.

Pull-Behind Leaf Collection Bagger System

The pull-behind leaf collection system uses an extra engine on a trailer-mounted system to create a vacuum to pull leaves through the tube off the deck and into the leaf collection bags or compartment on the trailer.

Reasons Your Lawn Mower Will Not Pick Up Leaves

Your lawn mower bagger may continue to get clogged when there is a lack of air movement due to leaf buildup under the mower deck, worn blades, and plugged inlet screen.

Bad belts, impellers, and housing can also cause leaf and grass debris to become built up in the blower tubes and chute with a belt-style grass collection system.

You will notice a common theme when going through this list. All the items that you will check are items that will restrict air movement your leaf collection system requires to operate at its best.

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Clogged Tubes

Remove the blower tubes on the leaf collection system and check for debris stuck in the tube. Look for grass, sticks, leaves, and other debris that may clog the blower tube.

Scrape the inside of the tube until all the debris is removed.

With the blower tubes off your machine, spray silicone inside the tube to assist with preventing future grass and leaf debris from sticking to the tube.

To reduce the number of times your blower tube becomes clogged, use this silicone spray frequently.

Clogged Mower Deck

A lawn mower deck that is full of grass and leaf debris will not create the airflow your leaf collection system requires. Raise the mower deck so you can gain access to the underside of the deck.

You can get this extra height using jack stands. Using a deck scraper or wire brush, scrape the deck to remove all excess debris.

When working under the deck, be sure to take safety precautions by removing the key from the lawn mower and removing the spark plug boots. This will prevent the lawn mower from starting while you are working under the deck.

Worn or Damaged Mower Blades

While you are under the deck, inspect the mower blades to see if the sails are worn off the top of the blades.

If the sails (which is the high side of the blade) are worn, you will not be able to move grass and leaves around the underside of the deck creating enough air movement to push the leaves up the tube.

You must make sure you have a good set of mower blades that are sharp. Read more about inspecting your blades and sharpening blades here.

Wrong or Incorrectly Installed Mower Blades

You need to create lift and air movement to achieve the best performance. A high-lift mower blade works best with leaf collection systems. This type of mower blade has a taller sail that creates the lift needed.

When inspecting your blades on the deck, make sure the sail is up when installed. The sail should be pointed toward the deck, so it creates a good vacuum under the deck.

Clogged Leaf Chute

Look at the leaf chute as it can become plugged with old or wet leaves. Clean this area to allow air to move grass up the tubes. You can also use a silicone spray inside the chute to help grass flow better.

Clogged Inlet Tube

Another reason your lawn mower may not pick up leaves is a clogged inlet tube. Remove the bags or catchers, whichever your unit has, off the hopper.

Inspect the inlet tube to make sure you are not plugged up there. Clean it out if necessary.

Plugged Inlet Screen

The inlet screen is one thing most people forget to check. The screen allows air to leave the hopper so it can carry leaves up the tubes.

If this screen is plugged, you can lose the air draft that carries the air clippings. When clogged, the system will not load the bags with leaves.

The screen is usually at the top of the hopper where no one can see it. Because you can’t see the screen people normally forgets it exists, and it becomes full of leaf debris.

When you pick the hopper cover up you are not seeing the screen because it is located on the side of the cover not exposed to you.

The screen can easily be cleaned by hand. A wire brush can be used for tough build-ups. Once you have it clean, spray it with silicone spray and let it dry.

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Bad Deck Belt

The belt on a belt-driven leaf collection system drives the blower belt for the fan. Remove the belt covers, remove the floor pan, and inspect the mower deck belt.

A belt that appears worn or has a shiny glazed look to it must be replaced.

Bad Blower Belt

The next item to inspect is the blower belt. Again, if the belt looks work or is shiny, this belt should be replaced as well.

Worn Fan or Housing

The fan encased in the blower housing is often called the impeller on the belt-driven leaf collection system. Check the condition of the fan blades and the blower housing.

Fan blades and blower housing that are worn will cause you to lose airflow to move the leaf debris into the bagger.

When the gap between the fan and the housing is far apart you will lose airflow.

Bad Bearings in Blower Housing

On larger blower housing units, you will find a set of bearings on the fan shaft. Debris can get wrapped around the shaft causing the bearing to go bad.

Most likely, you will have to take your blower housing apart to check for failed bearings.

Not Enough Engine Speed

Engine speed is crucial to the operation of your leaf collection system. You need the engine to run at maximum horsepower to run the bagger.

When running your bagger and it sounds like the engine is not giving all it has then you need to look at the engine. The engine could be hurt, or you may simply not have a large enough engine on your lawn mower to use the leaf collection system.

Most engines should run about 3200 to 3650 rpm to give you all the power you need out of the engine.

Wet Leaves

Trying to pick up wet leaves can cause you to have problems. Wet leaves are heavy and tend to build up under the mower deck and stick to the insides of the blower tubes.

This will reduce the amount of air movement created by your mower and make it harder to push leaves into the bags.

You should not mow very wet leaves. Leaf debris systems work best when leaves are dry or just lightly moist.

You may have to drive over your yard a couple of times to chop up and bag your leaves depending on how many leaves you have on the ground.

Wrong or Damaged Bags

Bags used on bagger systems used to be made of cloth and sometimes they can be repaired if they get a hole in them. Today, most bags are made from a mesh or loosely knitted polyester or nylon-type material and are not easily repaired.

The life of a bag can be two to three years depending on how much dirt or debris you pick up and if anything gets caught in the bag.

The newly designed bags are designed to allow air movement through the mesh vents. Without bags that allow air to move through the bags, the bags will continually expand with the buildup of leaves and air which can cause damage to the bags.

Bagger Not Secured or Attached Properly

When your bagger isn’t assembled or secured properly, you can have areas where air escapes through the system and causes reduced air movement.

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Is It Better to Rake or Mulch Leaves?

Should you retire your rake and mulch your leaves instead?

While most people default to raking leaves in the fall, it’s not the only way to clear your lawn. Mulching involves running your lawn mower over the leaves in the same way you would mow grass. Which method is best? We’ve rounded up the pros and cons of mulching vs. raking to help you make the right choice.

Pros and Cons of Raking Leaves

Raking leaves is a classic way to remove leaves from your yard, but it can be a backbreaking task.

Pro: Grass Stays Healthy

A rake will aerate your lawn with every cleansing scrape, giving your grass room to breathe. Lingering leaf clumps, on the other hand, can smother your lawn and prevent it from growing back in the spring.

Pro: Prevent Mold and Disease

Thick layers of leaves can do just as much damage as clumps of leaves. Raking removes harmful leaf layers that can cause snow mold diseases, according to the University of New Hampshire. Raking away leaves, rather than just mulching them, lessens the likelihood that you’ll have to reseed in the spring.

Your yard is going to look unbe-leaf-ably clean

Con: It Can Be Costly

Disposing of the leaves you rake can add up, depending on where you live. For example, some cities prohibit you from throwing them in your garbage can and instead require you to purchase separate bags for leaf disposal. If dumping your piles at a composting or waste convenience site is not an option, you may have to enlist the help of a local yard cleaning service.

There’s also the environmental consideration, too. “ resources are usually involved in hauling leaves away as well, making a bigger carbon footprint.” says Tara Dudley, Owner of Plant Life Designs.

The typical cost of leaf removal runs between 191 and 557

Con: It Can Be a Daunting Task

No one ever said raking leaves was a simple task, especially if you have a large yard or a lot of trees to clean up after. Using a leaf blower, tarps, and committing to weekly raking sessions can help lessen the load, but it’s still a physically demanding job.

Pros and Cons of Mulching Leaves

Mulching leaves is a faster, less demanding way to gather leaves, but it’s still a process you must get right.

Pro: It’s Good for Your Soil

Mulching leaves into your lawn allows them to break down and boost the soil quality. Maple leaves, for example, have even been shown to reduce weed seed germination. Other leaves, like honey locust, are high in nitrogen, which helps grass and plants grow.

Making grass greener and thicker means you’ve got to give it some TLC

Pro: It’s Faster Than Raking

You can mulch leaves in the same time it takes to mow your lawn. This method is less physically demanding and you won’t waste a weekend on yard work. Enough said.

Con: You Need the Right Mower

To mulch leaves properly, you’ll need a curved mulching blade. This type of blade helps churns the leaves into smaller pieces that will absorb into your lawn easier. If your mower doesn’t currently have this feature, you can purchase a conversion kit from your mower’s manufacturer or at your local home improvement store.

Con: Doesn’t Work For Pine Needles

Mulching won’t work with pine needles due to their shape and texture. If you have a yard full of pine needles, or a combination, you’ll need to rid them by raking.

Con: You Have To Mulch Than Once

You’ll need to mulch your leaves multiple times throughout the season to prevent build-up. As with raking, thick leaf layers won’t decompose fast enough, which could kill your grass. Weather is also a factor. Mulching too many wet leaves will smother your yard and do more harm than good.

Is it Better to Rake or Mulch Your Leaves?

Can you smell that crisp autumn air? As breezes of pumpkin spice fill our noses, the magic of fall transforms our green trees into colorful masterpieces. But after the colors fade, the leaves fall and you’re left with a mess of leaves on your lawn. What to do now?

Tradition tells us to rake our leaves, jump in the pile, then bag them up and get them out. Many homeowners prefer bagging grass and leaf clippings after mowing for a cleaner end result. However, there are just as many benefits to mulching these leaves into the lawn with a properly equipped mower as there are for mulching grass clippings rather than bagging them. When mowed properly, leaves and grass clippings add nutrients to the lawn, improve the soil, and save time, money and the environment. To help you get started, we’re answering your most common questions about mulching.

Will Mulching Cause Thatch Build-Up?

No, mulching grass clippings and leaves back into the lawn does not cause thatch build-up. Thatch is a naturally built-up layer of loose organic matter made up of grass stems and shoots that are slow to decompose, while grass clippings are succulent tissues that, along with fallen leaves, decompose quickly when mulched and return nutrients back to the lawn.

Pro Tip: Wait until the leaves are dry before mowing them. Wet leaves can be difficult to manage. Mow regularly through the fall to avoid an accumulation of leaves. A thick layer of leaves may have to be mowed several times in different directions to be properly mulched.

Does Mulching Nourish Your Lawn?

In short, yes, mulching nourishes your lawn. It is extremely valuable to your lawn care regimen and provides numerous nutrients to the soil. Mulching your grass clippings back into your lawn when you mow can return up to 25% of your lawn’s nutritional needs. Mulching leaves into your lawn can improve soil conditions and provides nutrients to the lawn.

In addition to nourishing your lawn, mulching grass clippings and leaves when you mow saves time, money and is better for the environment. Dealing with lawn clippings or raked up leaves can often be a painful and laborious process. Mowing, bagging and disposal takes a lot of time out of your day. Plus, returning clippings to the lawn saves valuable landfill space. Cutting that process in half and providing your lawn with added nutrients sounds like a win-win to us! Let us be your guide on how to become an expert mulcher.

How Do I Mulch My Lawn?

In just a few steps, you can save both time and money by learning how to correctly mulch leaves and grass clippings back into your lawn when you mow. All you will need to find success is a mulching mower or a mulching kit for your mower and a few simple steps.

  • Mow. Most rotary style mowers provide the option to mulch rather than bag or side discharge clippings. If not, a mulching kit may be required. Setting your mower to the correct height whenever you mow your lawn is crucial. You should aim for a mower height that removes no more than one-third off the top of the grass.
  • Refine. When mulching leaves, you may have to pass over an area of accumulated leaves more than once in different directions to grind the clippings and refine their size even further. This is best done when leaves are dry.
  • Hydrate. Typically we experience an increase in rainfall in the fall which contributes to improved growing conditions and lawn recovery after stressful summer conditions. However, if dry conditions are experienced, lawns should be watered regularly to avoid drought stress. This moisture will also aid in the breakdown of leaves once they have been mulched into the lawn.

Mulching when you mow should not be limited to the fall to address fallen leaves. Mulching whenever you mow your lawn, rather than bagging grass clippings, returns nutrients to the lawn, saves you time and effort and reduces landfill waste. The key is to mow at the correct height for your grass type and never remove more than one third off the top of the grass blade.

When Should I Rake My Grass?

After an intense winter, your lawn is probably looking less than ideal. To get it back up to par, raking your grass is definitely something to consider. Raking with a leaf (fan) rake encourages healthy growth by removing dead grass and residual fall leaves, improving air circulation and addressing mold issues. Knowing the correct time to rake can ensure that you have a full, green lawn for the warmer months ahead. For the healthiest lawn, the best time to rake is once the lawn has dried out somewhat and you notice your lawn starting to turn green again. Raking too early when the lawn is still saturated in early spring may cause damage. This exact timeframe may vary by your location and the climate you are in.

Whether you’ve decided to mulch your grass clippings and leaves when you mow your lawn or take the old-school approach and rake and bag them, TruGreen’s certified specialists can provide guidance and services backed by our TruGreen Guarantee.

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Is It Necessary to Rake Leaves off the Lawn?

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Given that some leaves, such as those from red maple trees, look quite pretty lying on the grass, you might wonder why it’s necessary to break out the rake and get rid of them. After all, it’s an awful lot of work. In some cases, raking the leaves may not be necessary, and it might even be better for the environment to leave them. However, in some cases, raking the leaves may be important for the health of your yard.

Benefits of Raking Leaves

Raking leaves offer many benefits, both to you and to your property. The most important benefit of raking leaves is that it will help your grass grow. A thick layer of fallen leaves can deprive grass of sunlight, which gets in the way of the growth of some cool-season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass, which are revitalized in the fall. Cool-season lawn grasses are most active in moderately cool fall weather when they must “make hay” to strengthen their root systems.

Having a healthy lawn, even if you have other types of grass, does not depend on hunting down every stray leaf you can find. Having a few leftover leaves can’t hurt your lawn. In fact, if you plan on mowing at least one more time in the autumn, the mower blade will shred up any remaining leaves, and you won’t notice they’re there.

There are more benefits to raking leaves:

  • You will get plenty of exercise and fresh air.
  • You’ll eliminate damaging lawn thatch (dead grass tissue above the soil) as you rake.
  • Raking reduces the amount of leaves that harbor diseases that affect trees and plantings.
  • Raking makes your property look neat and cared for.

When to Rake

Autumn is the prime time to rake leaves. But there’s a fine line between early and late autumn raking. Ultimately, you will want to rake before the first frost or snow of the late autumn or early winter seasons and when leaves are dry. Many people like to keep up with leaves by raking as they fall, while other homeowners wait until all the leaves have fallen to the ground before raking. Regardless of your preferred schedule, wait until the leaves are dry to make them easier to rake.

Spring raking is also another time for this chore. Raking loosens up patches of matted grass that didn’t survive the winter or that were overcome with mold caused by snow and other moisture. Left untouched, these dead patches create thatch.

What to Do With the Leaves

If you rake up your leaves, there are two ways to use them as mulch in your yard. The first way is to compost them. As you add raked leaves to your compost pile, try chopping up the larger ones with a shovel or rake so that they decompose faster.

The second way you can create mulch is by using dry raked leaves, also known as leaf litter. This method also requires that you chop up the dry leaves. The more that leaves are shredded or chopped, the faster they will break down without matting or creating mold. The best way to chop dry leaves is to mow over them, and then collect them in a grass catcher, bags, or containers for mulching. Dry mulch insulates well when arranged around plantings a few inches deep. Or, you can work dry leaf litter into vegetable garden soil for extra nutrients.


Keep dry leaf mulch an inch or so away from the trunks of shrubs and trees to allow air to flow around the plantings, which will reduce matting and mold.

Reasons Not to Rake

If you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to rake, take heart that you might be doing the environment a favor. When the leaves break down where they fall, they return essential nutrients to the grass and soil. Additionally, the coverage that the leaves provide preserves soil moisture and suppresses weeds.

Finally, birds and insects such as butterflies and moths depend on the fallen leaves. Pupa takes up residence in the leaves during the winter, so raking them up means you won’t enjoy the butterflies that come later. Birds also raid the leaf litter to find food for their babies.

Alternatives to Raking Leaves

Raking leaves can be great exercise, but also back-breaking work. To save your back, try using a leaf blower. If you have a thick layer of leaves, you’ll need a powerful leaf blower that can move leaves that can at times be heavy, wet, or dense. There are also many models of leaf blowers that offer vacuuming options so that you can transport the leaf dander to the compost pile.

If you have a thin layer of leaves, pass a mower fitted with a blade over the yard to cut them up. Then, simply leave the remnants where they are so that your lawn and your local wildlife can enjoy the benefits of leaf litter.


Never burn leaves; the smoke it creates releases toxic chemicals like carbon monoxide. In addition, never put the leaves into plastic bags and send them to the landfill. Leaves take up space, and the plastic bags will be harmful to the environment.

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The Best Way to Remove Leaves From Your​ Yard

All those leaves on your yard need to be raked, mulched, or blown, bagged, and composted. Why? If left on your lawn, those leaves will block sunlight from reaching your grass and can lead to lawn diseases like snow mold.

But how best to tackle that blanket of fall colors covering your grass, sidewalk, driveway, and even your roof? Grab your rake, a leaf blower, or mulching lawn mower, and let’s get started.

Choose your leaf removal tool

Removing leaves from your yard may sound like a tedious activity, but it doesn’t have to be hard. Chances are, you already have the leaf removal tools in your garage, and if you don’t, you can easily find them at a hardware or home improvement store.

Leaf rake

A leaf rake will get those leaves out of your yard and twigs, and grass clippings, and anything else, but raking is back-straining work.

To make raking easier, choose a rake with an ergonomic handle and a lightweight design. If your leaf rake isn’t comfortable to hold and to use, it will increase the strain on your shoulders and back, making leaf removal much harder than it needs to be.

Choose a leaf rake with a wide end. The wider your rake, the more leaves you can pick up with every sweep.

Leaf blowers

Leaf blowers are one of the most versatile landscaping tools you can buy. Homeowners and landscapers use them for dozens of tasks, including leaf removal and yard cleanup.

In general, leaf blowers are easy to use — and in many cases extremely noisy.

Check your local ordinances before buying a leaf blower as cities and states are increasingly banning gas-powered lawn care equipment because of their emissions. Some cities restrict leaf blowing times because of the noise.

Mulching lawn mowers

If your lawn mower has a grass catcher, fall is the time to unhook it. If you have a mulching lawn mower, even better.

When your lawn is covered with leaves, it isn’t necessary to remove them before you mow. In fact, mowing over the leaves can create a nutritional, organic mulch for your lawn that provides all-natural fertilization during the fall and winter months.

Ideally, you should cut your leaf debris into dime-size pieces for it to be effective mulch. When you can see about half an inch of grass above the mulched layer of leaves, you’re finished.

It’s interesting how mulched leaves help lawns as the clippings go through their natural life cycle. Leaf bits will begin to settle into the soil and microorganisms will start the decomposition process.

This composts the leaf clippings into exceptional food for your lawn, making fallen leaves a valuable (yet often overlooked) resource for your yard.

How to rake your leaves

Raking leaves can be challenging work, but here are a few things you can do to make the job faster and easier:

How to hold your rake

Once you’ve found your ideal leaf rake, practice proper body position to make the job easier. Why this matters: If you don’t position your body the right way, you can increase strain on your joints in hands, making you uncomfortable.

Your hand positioning also is vital when you hold a rake. Here’s why: When you hold a rake correctly it will give you more power with each sweep.

You should grasp your leaf rake with both of your hands and reverse their positions regularly to reduce strain. You should hold your hands on the handle with a distance between them to maximize stability.

Try to keep your knees bent while you rake and don’t bend too much at the waist. When you bend at your knees instead of your waist, you take the strain off your back and hips.

Rake in the right direction

As you rake, it’s essential to do so in the right direction so you don’t push your leaves somewhere you’ve already worked, making your leaf removal process take longer.

We recommend moving backward as you rake. By taking small steps back and raking leaves toward you as you sweep your lawn, you can avoid spreading leaves where you don’t want them. You should try to make neat piles at the edge of your yard.

Take it slow while you rake. There’s no rush — the more thorough you are with each sweep, the less often you’ll need to do rake your lawn’s leaves.

Use a tarp for easy leaf cleanup

If you have a tarp, canvas cloth, or sheet that you’re not using, you can use it to transport dead leaves from your lawn after you rake.

Lay the tarp on the ground near your yard where you plan to rake. As you sweep the rake across your lawn, push the leaves onto the tarp for easy cleanup.

Try raking the leaves from one area of your lawn onto the tarp until it’s full. Once full, gently grab each edge to close the tarp and drag it wherever you’re disposing of your leaves.

How To Rake (Bag) Leaves. the EASY WAY!

Bag your leaves

Raking leaves into yard bags is another efficient way to get rid of them. Yard bags, as opposed to a tarp or a sheet, make it easy to transport leaves to your compost or mulch pile.

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Once your leaves are in bags, stomp down on the leaves, which will give you more room. This will help you get the most out of your yard bags.

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How to mulch your leaves

Start by mowing your lawn in stripes so you can go over the discharged leaf clippings from your previous passes, further reducing them in size and making them more effective mulch.

Mowing your lawn in concentric circles is another effective way to cut and re-cut the leaf debris.

Depending on the type of lawn mower you have, you can set your mower to “mulch” when you start your leaf removal process. This setting works best if your grass is at a normal height and your leaves aren’t too dry. Leaves with a moderate amount of moisture are the best candidates for mulching.

Start by inserting the mulch plug into your mower and closing the side discharge port. Once you’ve done this, mow your lawn as you would normally and after your first pass. Start a second pass at a right angle to the first. This will let you mulch your clippings back into the grass with ease.

Blow leaves onto a tarp

If you’re using a leaf blower, try using it alongside a tarp to make cleanup easier.

Fire up your leaf blower and start in the farthest lefthand corner of your lawn. Start blowing the leaves into a pile, onto a tarp near the edges.

Once you blow the leaves on a tarp, it will take only a few minutes to clean up and dispose of the clippings. To do this, fold the tarp over the leaves, hold it together tightly, and carefully drag it away.

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What to do with all those leaves?

Now what can you do with the leaves you’ve raked or blown into a pile? We recommend composting any leaves you pick up during your fall maintenance routine. Leaves can make an excellent compost, which you can use next year as soil for your garden.

You also can mulch leaves to create a bed of nutrients for your grass.

By following the leaf removal tips in this guide, you can promote better health for your grass as it lies dormant during winter. Next spring, you will be greeted with a healthy, beautiful lawn.

When to call the pros for leaf removal

If you already have back issues or pain, don’t rake your leaves. If you don’t already have a leaf blower or mulching lawn mower, let the pros with the gear handle your leaf removal.

Lawn Love makes it easy to “leaf” your worries behind. Get a quote for leaf removal service in 2 minutes, and a crew will be on its way soon to blow, rake, and/or mulch your yard’s leaves.

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