Fall’s raking is inevitable and necessary. Leaves left on lawns kill grass, and large leaves (such as maples) left on flower beds can form an impenetrable mat. I buy a leaf rake every fall so I have plenty on hand when friends offer to help. Given the plenitude of rake styles and sizes available, one is sure to suit.
Avoid back strain by getting a comfy fitting rake; choose one that’s not too heavy and make sure the handle isn’t too short or too long. When raking, always stand straight and use a sweeping motion.
Raked leaves can be added to the composter or shredded and mixed with finished compost for the perfect mulch. Small quantities of leaves can be put into a big garbage can and chopped with a string trimmer. For large quantities, try a chipper/shredder; rent or buy a big one because the small ones take too long to produce usable amounts of mulch. Always wear safety glasses and ear protection as they are powerful, noisy contraptions.