Wednesday, September 5, 2018

How to Make Your Fall Garden Clean UP a Breeze

Fall Garden Clean-up Can be EASY with the right tools!  Let's Review two that will make your work so much easier!

Gardening is a hobby that tugs at my heart, but after a day out there, my hamstrings, back and arms are aching.  Did you know there are some really great tools available that will make the garden clean-up much easier and less labor intensive?

If you have trees in your yard, you know that there will be some clean up required before Ole Mr. Winter rears his head.  If you have trees that produce nuts, pine cones or fruits, there will be even more clean up required.   I'm here to tell you not to get your overalls in a knot!  I just saw and revelled at a new garden tool that I'm sure everyone will want.  No more stooping over to pick up all those "presents" that so many trees give us.

Leaving fruits and nuts on the lawn over the winter months is not a recommended practice. It is much better for you and your garden to get that mess cleaned up in the fall.  You will have a nice clean area to work with come springtime. Many fruit trees, nut trees, and evergreens can harbor diseases and small animals (rodents) and you really don't want that. Nut trees like Black Walnuts will damage your yard as they contain chemicals that prohibit the growth of other plants. Plus you will have to deal with the hassle of cleaning up in spring when it's wet and messy! This makes fall a much better choice. This Nut Harvester, will pick up nuts, acorns, pine cones, fruit that has dropped before ripening, lemons, limes, apples and more. Left in the ground these fruits are a magnet for wasps and other critters that bite! If you have children playing in the yard, that is definitely a no-no. Personally I have gone out to the garden and turned my ankle on an apple that had fallen off the tree. So I know that this is not a pleasant experience.

Walnuts, acorns, pine cones, crabapples, chestnuts and more can be easily removed from the yard before that last mowing takes place.  There is a new tool that lets you roll over all this detris and make it a thing of the past.  Made by the same people that gave you the Garden Weasel, this tool is lightweight, easy to handle and makes stooping down a thing of the past.



If you have a teenager living at home and a golf course nearby, they could get a job collecting golf balls too! Dual purpose and easy to do too.



Now the other tool that I really like will help you gather all the leaves that will be falling soon. This tool will require a little bit of stooping over, but your "Garden Hands" will help make each bend over much more productive.By increasing the size of your hands, you are able to pick up that much more and make the gathering of leaves a job that gets done likety split. 

The other option as far as leaf gathering goes, is to leave them on the lawn and mow them over a few times. Hopefully you have a mulcher option on your lawn mower, so that the leaves are broken up into small pieces that will nourish your lawn as they break down. This option is for gardens that don't have a lot of leaves. If you have trees everywhere, and lots of leaves on the grass, you are much better off to pick those leaves up. Breaking them down into smaller pieces will only smother the grass underneath if the layer of mulched leaves is too thick!  The grass needs nourishment, but doesn't like to be smothered under a blanket of rotting leaves.

Those are my two suggestions for making your Fall Garden Cleanup and much easier routine.  Besides enjoying the crisp fall air, you will get a great level of exercise in before winter hibernation routines kick in. 


Fall is one of the most beautiful times in nature and it's great to get out there and enjoy the sights, sounds and the beauty all around us.  



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12 comments:

  1. I noticed this weekend that it was time to start on my leaves as I have 8 mature oaks and it takes forever to get all those leaves.
    :) gwingal

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    1. We had a beautiful summer and now it's time for a beautiful fall too. Yes the leaves are already starting to turn their magical colors and put on their own special show. Gather them us and make it easy on yourself.

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  2. These do look like pretty nifty garden tools. I couldn't help but think how much easier the nut gatherer would make picking up pecans too.

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    1. It's made for that precisely. Nuts, and other debris that falls from the trees is much easier to roll into this tool for quick and easy pick it ups.....

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    1. My pleasure, anything to make gardening chores easier is great for me and I love to pass that along. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has sore muscles from gardening. But it is such an enjoyable time outdoors that you should be able to do some without killing yourself......

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  4. I really like that nut scooper. Our walnuts have gone unharvested some years because we just can't live with the sore back we get trying to pick the nuts up off the ground.

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    1. This tool is for you Barbara. It will do walnuts and a whole lot more.....and no sore back. In my yard it was apples and crabapples that drove me to distraction. And yes, the sore back is really hard to take the next day.

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  5. Olivia, excellent tips. I wasn't aware of the tools for picking up nuts and fruit tree remnants. We've never had those trees but I can certainly understand why it's better to clean up for fall. Those tools are good gift idea as well.

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  6. For sure Barbara, anyone who has a tree that drops presents into the lawn will appreciate this gift. Once they have one they will never look back.

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  7. I don't currently need these tools. But I'm remembering a childhood home where walnuts littered the yard and were treacherous to walk across. This nut scoop would have been wonderful to have there!

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  8. Wish I had read this before I was out there gathering acorns for a craft project ! Next time ... I will be prepared!!

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