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Raking dead leaves is an important part of your home's fall maintenance. To learn how to do it effectively, read the tips in this post by Daniel's DKI in Riverside County.

How to Rake Leaves Efficiently

Having dead leaves on your home can be dangerous: they can be a fire hazard, house venomous insects, get moldy and develop fungi, and look unappealing. However, if you burn the dead leaves on your lawn to get rid of them, stop! ThoughtCo. mentions doing so can cause several health hazards. To maintain your garden this autumn, it is far better to rake them. To learn how to do that effectively, read the following post.

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Gather the Necessary Tools

Lest you want to risk hurting your hands and your back collecting the dead leaves on your lawn (which you really shouldn't), you first need to gather the necessary tools to go on with this fall maintenance task in a safe, easy, and effective manner. For example, you will need a leaf rake and several plastic sheets where you can collect the dead leaves, as well as some garbage bags. You may also want some gloves to protect your hands.

Check the Weather Forecast

Rain and wind can make raking the leaves a lot more complicated than it needs to be. That's why, before you begin, you should check the weather forecast to determine if the conditions will allow you to work outside. If you notice that the weather won't be ideal, it's better to take on this task another day, than it is to get a cold.

Stay Protected

Of course, if you want to remain safe while you rake the leaves in your garden, you will need to wear protective gear. For example, it is a good idea to wear long pants, gloves, and sturdy, closed-toe shoes (such as boots) to keep insects or twigs from scratching your skin or biting you. And, since you will be working outside on a sunny day, remember to wear a hat, sunblock, and sunglasses to avoid sun damage.

Have a Plan of Action

If you really want this job to go over quickly, easily, and smoothly, you will need to have a concrete plan of action to go through with it. As you plan, you need to start making some decisions. For example, you should know which part of the lawn you'll be taking care of, as well as have an idea of how much time you want to spend on this task.

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Go at a Slow Pace

Taking care of raking your whole lawn in one day can seem very overwhelming (not to mention, tiring), especially when you consider you need to perform this job regularly. That's why it is recommended that you go at it little by little. For example, you should clear up the high-traffic areas (such as your driveway), on a regular basis. As for the rest of the garden, you can allow some buildup on it.

Collect the Leaves Effectively

One of the most exhausting things about raking the leaves is having to go back and forth between spots to collect them all together. However, this isn't the most effective approach to this task. Instead, what's suggested is that you set up different plastic sheets around the yard to form separate piles of dead leaves. This way, you'll save yourself some time and effort.

Get Help to Do This

As mentioned a few times over during this post, raking leaves can be an overwhelming and dreadful job. One great way to make it less so is to request the help of close family and friends to get it done. Doing so will lessen the burden that has been put on your shoulders. Moreover, if you work with other people at the same time, you're likely to have fun while you go through your yard's maintenance.

Take Care of Yourself

Last but not least, be sure to take good care of yourself while you're raking the leaves in your garden. For starters, you should mind your posture as you work, so as to avoid injuring your back. Of course, be sure to take breaks once in a while and to drink enough water. Doing this will keep this cleaning session from getting the best of you.

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