Plan of Attack

Keep from chasing in circles with this systematic strategy.

A. Clean inside corners. Either suck them up with a blower-vac or aim the blower nozzle down at the corner to blast out the leaves.

B. Use the wind. Start on the yard’s upwind side and blow with the breeze.

C. Do the perimeter. Go around the edge of the property, working from the back to the front of garden beds, decks, and patios. Extract any stuck leaves with an 8-inch shrub rake.

D. Move to the lawn. Direct the leaves toward the center of the lawn and concentrate them in one or more medium-size piles. Gather any strays with a 24-inch leaf rake.

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