Whether you are raking leaves up after they fall from trees in the fall or you need to clean up your yard and garden beds by raking up the leaves you left as insulation in the spring, no one particularly enjoys raking. While there may be the occasional fun jump into a pile of leaves, raking can often feel tedious and sometimes even back-breaking. But when you grab your leaf rake, you shouldn’t be dreading the chore ahead of you. Instead follow the following tips to help you rake up any leaves faster and easier than ever before.
Get the Right Tools
The best thing you can do for yourself when you have to rake up leaves is to have the right tools. Don’t use the old leaf rake that your parents used when you were little and passed on to you. It may seem like a small thing, but leaf rake designs have changed substantially to include ergonomic functions and different features to help you get the job done quicker and easier. New products, like the Amazing Rake, can even help you to avoid having to bend over to pick up the leaves from the ground. Along with having a good leaf rake, make sure to have a pop-up, self-supporting bag so that you don’t have to try and juggle holding the rake and the bag at the same time.
Listen to Your Body
Your body knows what it can and cannot do, so it’s exceptionally important to listen to it. While certain motions in raking may make your arm muscles a little sore, it should never hurt. Proper raking technique can also help to alleviate any discomfort from the raking process. Once you have a good rake, make sure you utilize small raking motions that move the leaves back towards you. In addition to using small motions, make sure to maintain good posture and remember to switch which hand is on the bottom regularly so as to not put too much strain on just one arm.
Keep It Dry and Wind Free
It’s important to choose just the right day to rake, whether it’s in the fall or spring. Picking an optimal day can make a huge difference. If you’re fighting against the wind or struggling to rake because the leaves are too wet, you’re going to be putting in more effort than the return is worth. Pick a day where there is little to no wind and pick a day that is at the end of a warmer, sunny stretch of days in order to get the most from your efforts.
Lastly, make your life a bit easier when you rake by wearing appropriate clothing and accessories. Make sure you have a sturdy pair of work gloves to help you avoid blisters and any unfriendly bugs. Opt for jeans and a long-sleeved shirt if the weather is a bit chilly, and make sure to have a bandana or facemask that you can use to cover your nose and mouth when you are kicking up debris and allergens when raking. Don’t forget a good pair of boots so you can stomp on the leaves in order to conserve space in any trash bags as well!