How to Rake Leaves Using a Snow Shovel
Raking Leaves With a Snow Shovel
There is a season for everything and autumn is the season for the leaves changing color. While it is beautiful, these leaves wind up falling, and autumn becomes the season for raking leaves.
The season for a snow shovel is winter, but it can serve double duty if you bring it out in the fall as well.
Using a snow shovel to rake leaves may seem like an inefficient way to get things done. When you watch the video, you can see that while it may be fun, it doesn't seem to accomplish very much.
But there is a way to use a snow shovel to really help you get the leaves raked and bagged quickly and efficiently.
How to Pick Up Raked Leaves
After you rake leaves and put them all in a big pile or several smaller piles, eventually you have to pick them up and put them in a container. This always felt disgusting to me. The leaves may be wet if it recently rained. They usually have mold on them. You don't know what disgusting things might be in that pile. There may even be dog poop in the pile of leaves you have to pick up.
Even wearing gloves, there was a possibility that the leaves may touch my coat or get too close to my face.
Then, I saw someone who had a magnificent solution to this problem. He used a shovel! Why not get the shovel out early and have it start working before its season?
How to Use a Shovel to Rake Leaves
It is so easy to use a shovel for leaf raking. Use your normal method - a rake or a leaf blower - to get the leaves in one pile or several smaller piles.
I prefer to make a small pile, and pick it up, before moving to the next section. This way, if a gust of wind comes, all my work is not wasted.
There are three easy steps to picking up the leaves with a shovel:
- Hold the shovel with one hand, face up against the ground, and using it as a dustpan, use the other hand to rake the leaves into the shovel.
- Once you have a pile of leaves on the shovel, keep holding the rake against the shovel to keep the leaves there. Think of it as a leaf sandwich with your rake and shovel.
- Using both your hands, pick up the sandwich and hold it over the mouth of your container. Let the leaves go straight into the container. Yum.
These three steps can be done in one fluid motion once you get the hang of it.
Rake Leaves Without Touching Them
The bonus is that you can use the same shovel to pack down the leaves in your container without having to touch the leaves at all! Just stab the leaves in the container with a shovel.
Of course, if you are using leaf or lawn waste bags, you may break the bag with a shovel. In this case, I suggest closing the bag and sitting on top of the bag. This will tamp down the leaves without your having to touch them.
Using a Shovel to Pick Up Leaves
I get many looks from my neighbors when I bring the snow shovel out to rake leaves, but they are all impressed once they see how I use the snow shovel to gather the leaves and put them into my yard waste container. I am able to rake the leaves without getting my hands, the sleeves or any part of my coat dirty. It is quicker than using my hands to shovel the leaves into the yard waste container and quite easy once you get used to using two tools at the same time.
© 2013 Shasta Matova
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