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How To Rake Leaves Into A Bag

One of the most daunting tasks to do at the end of autumn is gathering the leaves in the yard.

There are tons of ways to do that; using a leaf blower, hand gathering, or using a rake. Whichever way you choose to do it, it’s totally fine.

But for the purpose of this article,

  1. We’ll point out the scenarios that call for raking of the lawn
  2. You’ll find out how to rake leaves into a bag with relative ease.
  3. And learn how to get rid of leaves without raking them.

Let’s take a look at one important question people ask.


Do I really need to rake my leaves?

Truth be told, a lot of people rake the leaves off their lawn because they see their neighbors doing so. And they just don’t want to pass as the family with the leaf-filled yard in the neighborhood.

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A 2009 research report from the Michigan State University indicated that leaving leaves on lawn has a handful of benefits.

The result of that research showed that leaving the leaves on the lawn reduced dandelions to about 80% in the first year and 50% in the second year.

Given the results of this discovery, the school will save tens of thousands of dollars on removing the leaves from their lawn.

On the other hand, a home owner with a significant number of trees in his yard may want to rake the leaves up as soon as they fall.

This clearly indicates one thing; raking leaves isn’t for everyone.

But there’s a catch…

If you have a ton of leaves on your lawn – by a ton of leaves, I mean several layers of it – it needs raking. This is because too many leaves on the lawn will block out light from reaching the grass.

When that happens, the grass may have several patches and this may give rise to reseeding.

Again, if you the leaves are covered by snow after winter, then you should rake them to prevent molds growing on the lawn and dealing with the grass.

Now that we’ve established situations where it’s important to rake leaves, let’s find out how to rake them easily into a bag.

Step By Step Leaf Raking Into A Bag

How To Rake Leaves Into A Bag

For this task, you’ll need the following.

  1. A good rake (We reviewed some rakes and shared a wonderful insight on how to pick a good rake).
  2. A plastic bag.
  3. A pair of gardening gloves.

Let’s begin.

  1. Use the rake to gather the leaves into small heaps.
  2. The heaps should be pretty small sized that one swoop of the rake will send them into the bag.
  3. After gathering the leaves into small heaps, the next thing to do is to grab your plastic bag.
  4. Fold the top of the bag to form a thick ring on the top.
  5. One by one, move the leaves into the bag using the rake.
  6. There’ll be a few remnants on the lawn at each heap. You can either leave them there or gather them with your hands. Be sure to wear a glove when doing this.
  7. Once you’re done with all the heaps of grass on the lawn, you can do one of the following
    • Compost the leaves.
    • Put them away into the trash can for onward disposal by the authorities.

That’s about the easiest way to rake leaves into a bag.

But what if I told you that you can get rid of the leaves without raking them?

This is where a leaf blower comes in.

Leaf blowers are designed to blow the leaves away from your lawn. They have very powerful motors that help them do that. If you see a lawn that has no green grass on it, there’s a likelihood that they are using a leaf blower.

In addition to using a leaf blower, you can also choose to mow over the small leaves on your lawn when next you are mowing. Ensure that the leaves are barely a handful before you do this.

Also close the side discharge of your mower if you’re going to do this.

We’re interested to hear what works for you. Share your thoughts on how to rake leaves into a bag using the comment section below.

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