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24/11/2011 at 15:29
I use a childs snow shovel with a flat tined rake makes picking up easy.
05/11/2012 at 17:55
The greatest way I know for collecting leaves is a method my father taught me. Take a reasonably sized tarp and lay it flat out on the ground. Rake the leaves onto the tarp to a desired amount. Gather together the four corners to form a large sack. Drag this "sack of leaves" along the ground to the compost.
The tarp method works well with collecting and disposing of shrub cuttings, hedge trims etc.
Absolutely the best, cheapest and easiest way for collecting!
05/11/2012 at 22:49

Or use an old sheet, like we do, and blow the leaves onto it with a leaf blower

31/08/2013 at 15:04

I now have a better way, use my children and tell them it's a game

01/09/2013 at 13:56

I use the lawnmower, even on the patio!! It makes it much easier and it chops up the leaves as well so they "do their thing" quicker. 

01/09/2013 at 17:41

Please remember to leave some dry leaves in your garden for the hedgehogs to make their winter quarters with.  When we moved here, the first autumn we raked and bagged and raked and bagged religiously - halfway through the winter we found a poor hedgehog in a very scrappy heap of leaves - all he could scrape together of what we'd left.  We found a sturdy box and bought some hay from the pet shop and kept him snug and dry in a sheltered corner of the garden.  

Now we provide several snug corners for the hedgehogs, and make sure that plenty of dry leaves are heaped where they can do no harm to the lawn and where the hedgehogs can help themselves.

They sometimes gather leaves for their 'nests' during the daytime, as they're drier then, so you may be lucky and see them 

10/10/2013 at 15:16
Please ...

Is there such a thing as a really, really lightweight leaf blower? I am small and far from young!

Rosie28
10/10/2013 at 16:40

Last year (new lawn mower) I raked leaves into strips and the OH went along with mower on highest setting gathered up the leaves and put them in the leaf composter. Worked a treat as all nicely chopped as well,

Ok bit of effort on raking but not to bad as not making piles, thought about a leaf blower but I need the exercise as well!

This year I have bought 4 broom handles and some 90cm plastic wire to make a construction to empty the leaves into.

 

And yes - still plenty of nooks and crannies left with leaves for the wild life.

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