You’re tired of raking, aren’t you? 

While your kids (or your dog) might love it, raking your leaves is time-consuming—especially when you only have a leaf blower and some gloves. 

So, here is basically EVERY option the internet has in store for you all in one convientent location.

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5 Easy and Kinda Fun Ways To Pick Up Leaves FAST (Yes, Even in Large Yards)

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Option 1: Be a Champ

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Whether you’re piling heavy oak leaves or lofty maples, you can always take this Reddit user’s advice and buy a (sturdy) rake and “get out there champ.”

Basically, this means you’ll need to:

  1. Grab your rake (check out a favorites down below)
  2. Start pulling your leaves into small, separate piles (we think this makes the work seem less daunting).
  3. Use a leaf blower (if you have one; check our recs down below) to gather any stragglers. Or when, you know, you’re tired of raking.
  4. Take your gloved hands and start scooping the leaves into your leaf bag.

Of course, you can always pay the neighborhood kids to do this for you!

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Option 2: Clean Leaves with Cardboard

Can’t afford a rake or leaf blower right now? 

Use a piece of cardboard.

No, we’re not kidding. 

You can clean up the leaves in your yard by taking a large piece of cardboard (like a flat-screen TV box) and simply pushing the leaves to the edge of your yard before picking them up. 

Watch how fast this guy gets the job done!

 

PSA: We will say that this is much easier for lighter maple leaves than the heavy oak leaves most Floridians have to deal with.

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Option 3: Go Edward Scissorhands

Once you get your leaves into a pile, you can either:

  1. Pick them up by the handful
  2. Use a leaf vacuum (more on that next)
  3. Use these Edward Scissorhands-esque arm grips

This guy came up with a hilarious yet genius way to pick up leaves in possibly the fastest way possible!

 

There’s also these “bear claw” leaf scoops

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Option 4: Suck It Up, Buttercup

If you’re too lazy (okay… old) to pick up your leaves by hand and you’re too embarrassed to use the method above, we recommend using a leaf vacuum

These are affordable and come in a variety of prices, sizes, and designs. 

Here’s what to consider before buying a leaf vacuum:

  • Suction Power: Make sure it sucks up leaves and debris effectively, especially if you’ve got a lot of ’em.
  • Bag Capacity: Bigger bag means less emptying, so you spend more time vacuuming and less time dumping.
  • Portability: Lighter vacuums are easier to lug around the yard, so you’re not struggling with a heavy beast.
  • Versatility: Some can switch between vacuuming, mulching, and blowing – handy for different yard tasks.
  • Power Source: Electric, battery, or gas? Pick what suits you best – easy plug-in, freedom of movement, or raw power.
  • Noise Level: Quieter is better, especially if you don’t want to annoy the neighbors.
  • Ease of Maintenance: Filters, bags, and general upkeep should be hassle-free. Who wants to spend all day cleaning a vacuum?

Option 4: Mow ‘Em Down

Forget the rake! Grab your mower and roll over those leaves.

Mulching them into tiny bits not only feeds your lawn but also saves you time and hassle.

Just wait for a dry day to make mowing a breeze.

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Option 5: Tarp it Up

If you’re Anti-Rake, some homeowners have found success collecting leaves in their yard by laying out tarp!

Throw down a tarp, pile those leaves on, and then haul it all away to your compost heap or wherever you stash your yard waste. 

And remember: wrangling that tarp counts as your workout for the day!

Option 6: Leave the Leaves

As organic enthusiasts, we’re suckers for a good garden hack. 

You can actually use your lawn leaves to create mulch. Or you can use the crushed leaves from your mower as organic compost. More organic matter = better water retention for your lawn. 

However, oak leaves tend to be acidic, which can make it more difficult for your soil to absorb nutrients. 

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Best Amazon Tools for Collecting Leaves

Leaf bags

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Leaf Vacuum

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Mower

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FAQs

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What is the best way to pick up a lot of leaves?

The TLDR?

  1. Pile your leaves using a rake, leaf blower, or a combination of the two. You can even use cardboard if you want!
  2. Use a leaf vacuum or the Edward Scissorhands Method to collect the leaves into a leaf bag or garbage can. 
  3. Call your local yard waste pickup to collect the leaves!

But the fastest way to deal with leaves is definitely going to be the mowing method. 

Is it better to pick up leaves or leave them?

It’s usually a good idea to pick up those leaves. Leaving them all over the place can mess with your lawn, attract pests, and clog up drains. 

But leaving a few in your flower beds can be like free mulch for your plants.

When do leaves fall in Florida?

Leaves start dropping in Florida around late October to December. But, you know, Florida weather can be unpredictable, so keep an eye out.

When is the best time to pick up leaves?

The best time is when they’re dry and not piled up like crazy. To make life easier, stay on top of it during the fall.

How do you get rid of the leaves you’ve collected?

Call local pickup– it’s free (most of the time)!

Here are the numbers and guidelines:

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