Great tools make fall yard cleanup easier

Here are some of the best tools that make fall yard cleanup easier and faster.

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The blazing heat of summer is over, and the cooler days of autumn have arrived. Ready or not, the seasons are changing.

Now is the traditional time for fall yard cleanup. It’s time to harvest the remaining fruits and vegetables from the garden, rake the leaves, and generally clean up the yard and garden to get ready for winter. Fortunately, there is a full arsenal of labor-saving tools to make fall yardwork easier.

Here are some of the best tools that make fall yard cleanup easier and faster.

 

Loppers make quick work of fall pruning

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The Fiskars Extendable Power Lever Lopper can slice through thick branches

A great pair of loppers is a handy tool when it’s time to prune a tree, trim a shrub or even cut off dead canes from a favorite climbing rose.

The Extendable Power-Lever® Lopper combines craftsmanship with rugged dependability that makes pruning easier and more efficient. This high-quality tool features precision-ground steel blades and durable Softgrip® handles for maximum comfort and stability. The adjustable arms extend to more than three feet long, making it easier than ever to reach high branches and cut them with ease and precision.

The Power-Lever® mechanism utilizes compound lever technology, which maximizes leverage and doubles the branch-cutting capabilities of regular loppers. You won’t believe how easy it is to slice through thick branches. The fully hardened steel blades are coated to resist rust and decrease friction—so it still cuts like new even after years of heavy use. Fiskars is well known for its superior line of tools, and these latest loppers proudly carry that standard of excellence. These loppers are covered by a lifetime warranty. Available for $36.95 from www.waysidegardens.com.

 

The trusty rake, reinvented

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The trusty rake has been reinvented to make it more efficient.

Tackle those fall cleanup projects with the newest 24-inch-wide Poly Rake from Black + Decker. This sturdy rake features 24 flexible plastic tines to capture more leaves with fewer strokes. Plus, the poly head is designed to hold up season after season. The 66-inch-long handle provides a great reach, eliminating unnecessary stretching and bending. The soft cushion grip on the handle delivers comfort as you work, helping relieve hand stress so you’re ready to take on what the rest of the day has to bring.

 

This weather-proof rake comes packaged with a pair of tough, nylon-spandex safety gloves that protect your hands from abrasion, cuts, or punctures. The knitted gloves are made with foam latex for a better grip and seamless fit and include an elastic slip-on cuff. This rake and gloves combo is a must-have when it’s time to clean up the thousands of leaves that now cover your autumn landscape.  The Black + Decker 24” Poly Rake with Glove Combo pack is available this fall at local hardware and garden stores.

 

Blow those leaves away

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A power blower like this Greenworks Cordless Jet Blower quickly moves leaves.

Sometimes you need to put some power into the chore of gathering up the fall leaves. A lightweight power blower like the Greenworks Pro 80V Cordless Jet Blower is both easy to use and powerful enough to get the job done. Plus, this battery-powered beauty is more environmentally friendly than the typical gas-powered blower. The powerful brushless motor with a turbo-boast button provides 580 CFM (cubic feet of air per minute) at 145 MPH. (That’s a lot of blowing power, folks.)

This redesigned, second-generation power tool has a variable-speed trigger, so you can adjust the airflow to the task. The variable speed option can also greatly increase the run time between battery recharges. The quick charger provides a full recharge in just 40 minutes, to quickly put the blower back to work. The comfortable molded grip and “cruise control” option make this tool easy to use. It weighs about 10 pounds. Available from www.greenworktools.com.

 

An EZ way to gather fall leaves

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The EZ Leaf makes it easy to remove leaves from lawns and landscapes.

Whether you use a hand rake or a power blower, you’re still going to have to do something with all of the leaves you’ve collected. Let’s face it, bagging up all of those leaves and hauling them away isn’t any fun. But now there’s a simple and ingenious way to corral the leaf pile so you can quickly transport it to the compost pile.

The patented EZ Leaf Hauler is like a giant dustpan for leaves. It has an innovative yet simple design that allows you to rake away large piles of leaves with ease and efficiency. It holds four times more leaves and debris than a wheelbarrow, and it has six built-in handles for easy transport. With the EZ Leaf Hauler, all you have to do is stake it, rake it, and take it away.

The EZ Leaf Hauler is part of the EZ Lawn & Garden line of cost-effective, eco-friendly lawn maintenance products that simplify outdoor chores. The EZ Leaf Hauler retails for $34.99 from ezlawnandgarden.com.

So what are you waiting for? Those leaves aren’t going to rake or blow themselves away. And the fall pruning isn’t going to magically happen. But with the right helpful tools, you’ll get the job done more quickly and have more time to savor the delights of the autumn season.

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Randy Schultz is the content editor for HomeGardenandHomestead.com. Also read his story about Planting Fall Bulbs to learn how easy it is to plant bulbs and which bulb varieties to plant to get the best Spring flowers.

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