5 ways to collect leaves

Gather up the autumn leaves and allow your garden to breathe again. A cloak of leaves on the lawn and borders may look autumnal but it can smother and cause problems. Think of the autumn leaves as a harvest opportunity and use them to make precious soil improver for the garden. It’s a free resource that you’d be mad to ignore.

Merlin rubber rake from Bulldog

Rake them up: Bulldog rubber rake

For a small garden use a dedicated leaf rake to gather the leaves off the lawn. Flat tined rakes, like plastic tagliatele are the best sort, or for borders, between the plants choose the rubber-tined Bulldog Merlin or Wizard rakes that flex over and around the plants. The Golden Gark from QVC is another great choice as it converts between a rake and a shovel, it is light and easy to use and is perfect for leaves. Or choose a traditional besom broom to sweep them into a pile.

Flymo Garden Vac

Blow and vac: Flymo Garden Vac

If raking is not for you, choose a leaf vac that will collect the leaves in a bag. Or use a leaf blower to blast them into a pile to collect up later. For small gardens the Flymo Garden Vac is a good choice, as it will shred the leaves into a bag and converts quickly to blow mode, or choose the Stihl Cordless Blower that offers hurricane force wind, but doesn’t collect.

Viking lawnmower

Rotary lawnmower: Viking lawnmower

If you want a quick way to not only lift the leaves from the lawn, but chop them up too, then set your rotary lawnmower to it’s highest setting and run it over the grass. It will lift the leaves and pass them through the mower blades into the collection box/bag, ready to compost. For large lawns this is a great way to clear the leaves and can also be done with a tractor/ride-on lawnmower. This little Viking lawnmower will collect autumn leaves from your lawn.

Heavy Duty Hand Leaf Grabs from Harrods Horticultural

Grab them: Heavy Duty Hand Leaf Grabs

Once you’ve got them in a pile, use these Heavy Duty Hand Leaf Grabs help you tidy them up easily, simply slip your hands into the straps and away you go. Ideal for gathering piles of prunings or other garden debris, they are easy to use and very effective.

Composting Leaf Sacks from Netherwallop Trading

Make leaf mould: Leaf Composting Sack

Once you’ve gathered the leaves into one place you can transform them into garden gold. If you don’t have masses of leaves then add them to your compost bin in layers with kitchen peelings, lawn clippings and other compostable waste. If you have lots of leaves then load them into black bin bags, seal at the top and pierce a few holes in the bottom of the bags for drainage and put them behind the shed for a year or two to break down. Alternatively use these biodegradable Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em Composting Leaf Sacks from Netherwallop Trading.

Merlin rubber rake from Bulldog
Flymo Garden Vac
Viking lawnmower
Heavy Duty Hand Leaf Grabs from Harrods Horticultural
Composting Leaf Sacks from Netherwallop Trading