by Brenna Timm

The days have finally started to cool down and we can be excited about fall. But with fall comes the drama of dealing with the big Fall Cleanup of dead leaves. Today we are going to look at some options for how to collect your leaves and what to do next.

Fall Cleanup

Cleaning Methods

The first method is fairly common: gather the leaves in a pile and throw them in a bag. However, that might not be the easiest way of doing things if you have a lot of leaves or a lot of lawn. For these bigger projects, try getting a large tarp. A tarp can carry more leaves than a typical bag and make it easier to downsize. If you use a large trash bin, try getting a little dirt and smashing the leaves with your feet. This breaks the leaves up into smaller pieces, meaning you can fit more leaves at once.

Leaf Blowers and Vacuums

This may not work for everyone, but if you have the tools, it can make things a lot easier. For leaf blowers, use them to get the hard-to-reach fence lines or to make a pile. Vacuums can also do the trick, as long as you are prepared for the noise and bags. If you want to buy one of these, we recommend something that includes a shredding function.

Burning

You can only burn leaves in areas that allow it. Don’t make a leaf-bonfire in the middle of town. But burning leaves can be a quick solution to our Fall problem.

Call it in

If you just don’t have the time but want your yard to look good, it might mean calling the professionals. We could all do this kind of work ourselves, but sometimes we need to hand off the baton. Your Fall Cleanup could be very different if you don’t have to stress and make time. Search for some local groups or information before making your choice.

Now What?

So what can you do with some of your leaves that are can be fun or environmentally friendly?

Make Crafts

Fall is a great time of year to hand-make some crafts with your kids. Everything from drawing on leaves to making animals could be fun for kids. Check out online for different ideas.

Compost/Mulch

Leaves are rich in nutrients plants love them. If you love gardening or do compost, leaves are something you can add to the pile. Either use the leaves immediately in your garden beds to create a decomposing mulch layer or set them aside as they become soil.