• In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows the best ways to collect leaves for any size yard.

    1. Use leaf rake to rake leaves into a pile.
    2. Rake leaves onto a plastic tarp, then drag the leaves over to the compost pile.
    3. If collecting leaves for town pick up, dump the leaves into a paper bag. Use a cardboard collar to hold the bag open.
    4. Use portable leaf blower to corral leaves into a pile. This type of tool is best for clearing small yards, driveways, patios and walkways.
    5. For medium-size yards, use a walk-behind, gas-powered leaf blower.
    6. Use a walk-behind power vacuum to collect and shred leaves. When the collection bag is full, dump the leaves into the compost pile.
    7. A heavy-duty leaf vacuum attaches to a riding lawnmower and has an impeller that grinds up leaves, reducing them to a 10-to-1 ratio.
    • Difficulty: Easy
      Raking leaves isn't all that difficult, but it can become tiresome after awhile
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