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Cost-Effective Tips For Raking Leaves This Fall

It's that time of year again. Learn how you can save money on raking leaves by doing the task yourself.

Fall is rapidly approaching and with the changing of the seasons comes the falling of the leaves. Yes, it’s that time of year again when your entire yard is covered in dead leaves. How do you deal with your leaves?

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle and added costs of hiring a service to do it for you and you haven’t yet invested in a leaf blower, then a rake and some manual labor may be the cheapest approach in getting this job done.

Here are the top tips for raking leaves that can help save you both time and money.

1. Wait for all the Leaves to Fall

In the hope of keeping this activity as simple as possible, don’t give yourself extra work to do by raking your leaves more than once. Leaves will continue to fall from your trees throughout the season. Wait until all your trees are bare to start raking. Once you’ve taken some time to clear your yard you can rest assured that you won’t have to do it again until next year.

2. Work Smarter Not Harder By Using a Tarp

Often times people rake their leaves into a giant pile then attempt to place all their leaves into small paper bags. Instead of this tedious option, consider raking all your leaves onto a tarp. This gives you the chance to easily move and drag your leaves away. Rather than packaging up your leaves into bags, consider dragging your leaves into a wooded area if one is around your home and allow them to decompose naturally here without all the hassle.

3. Use a Wheelbarrow

Another great option to make transporting your leaves easier is to use a wheelbarrow. Once you rake up your leaves, scoop them up and place them in the wheelbarrow for easy transportation.

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4. Rake With The Wind

Fall is known to be a breezy season. Don’t fight against Mother Nature. Instead, try using the elements to your advantage. When the wind blows, rake your leaves in the direction they naturally wish to travel. Perhaps the wind will even help with the job which is even better!

5. Create Multiple Piles

It may seem natural to rake all the leaves in your yard into one central spot. However, this method will only create extra work for you. Instead of dragging leaves from all over to one pile, consider raking in rows and smaller sections for a more effective job.

6. Don’t Try Raking Wet Leaves

If it has just recently rained, don’t even try raking your leaves. For a simple, seamless process, rake your leaves when they are dry and easier to manage. All these tips will not only help save your precious time, but they will also help save you money in terms of equipment and hiring costs.

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Travis Barnett is an expert in finances backed by 10 years of experience as a financial analyst at CNB. He graduated from UCLA's Anderson School of Management in 2010 and has been in the field ever since. Travis now enjoys sharing his business experience with others as a financial writer in San Diego. In his spare time, he enjoys hitting the links and working on his golf swing.

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