Our REALTORS® know one of the best things about owning your own home is being able to enjoy all kinds of seasonal activities in your outdoor space. And fall is a great time to do exactly that. Crisp air and colorful leaves truly make it a season to enjoy here in Ohio. And while those colorful leaves look stunning on the trees, eventually you'll probably need to clean up some in your yard.
As far as yard work goes, getting rid of the leaves isn't a horrible chore. Raking a few leaves can even help you enjoy the fall weather and maybe even get a little excited about the season. But depending on the size of your yard and how you do it, it can get time-consuming. And who wouldn't rather be spending their time enjoying fire pits, football games, or hayrides instead? So try these tools to make leaf clean up at your Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale a whole lot easier.
- Tarp handles and stakes. You can buy them separately for a tarp you already have, or purchase a tarp that has them already attached. These make raking leaves onto a tarp and moving them much easier, turning this chore into a one-person job.
- Claw rake. This special rake is two-sided with claws on the end instead of traditional rake prongs. You can rake the leaves and pick them up at the same time. So you'll cut the time it takes to do this chore and save the rest of your weekend afternoon for other fun fall activities.
- Leaf blower/vacuum. Many people already have a leaf blower. But many newer blowers are smaller, rechargeable, cordless, quieter, and more convenient than their older, clunkier counterparts. They're great for keeping sidewalks, driveways, and smaller yards clear. Many operate as leaf vacuums too, sucking up leaves into a bag for easy disposal. Leaf vacuums are good for tight spaces and awkward corners making leaf removal easier in those areas.
- Kid-sized rake. It's true that getting the kids involved doesn't necessarily make things easier. But most kids actually don't mind this chore, and they can always stay busy raking their own leaf pile and jumping in while you work on the rest of the yard.
- Mulching mower/leaf shredder. For eco-friendly lawn and garden care, use those leaves as mulch. A shredder can crush them up so you can put them on the garden, or get out your mulching mower for the last leaf pick up of the season and shred them into your lawn.
- Lawn sweeper. These come as the kind you push and walk behind like a traditional lawnmower, or as attachments for riding mowers or tractors. The brush roll pushes leaves into a pick-up bag for easy removal.
- Bag chute/holder. This simple idea is a real game-changer. It's essentially a foldable cardboard or plastic box that goes inside the bag to hold it open and upright. There is usually a larger open area on top to guide the leaves into the bag easily with less mess. You can also turn the open bag on its side and rake the leaves directly into the bag.
- Reusable lawn bags. This eco-friendly idea can make transporting leaves to the curb a snap, and you won't have to worry about running out of bags.
If you're ready to enjoy fall in a new home, give Haring Realty a call. We've helped lots of families find the right home, and we can help you too. Contact us today.