Raking leaves is like doing your taxes. No one wants to do it; but since you have to (unless you don’t want a decent looking lawn in the spring), you want to do it the fastest, easiest way. With that in mind, we offer you The 10 Commandments of Raking Leaves:
#1 THOU SHALT OBSERVE THY CITY’S POLICY.
Before you even pick up a rake (and we’ll tell which one soon) find out what your city’s policy is for leaf collecting. Should you bring it to the curb, bag it in paper bags or what. Do this first. Ask your neighbors. If they don’t know, go on Google and do a search for: “(your city’s name) leaf collecting policy.”
#2 THOU SHALT NOT USE A GARDEN RAKE.
That ancient garden rake rusting away in your shed should be used only for – you guessed it – your garden. What you want is a leaf rake. You can pick one up at Home Depot for about ten bucks.