Virginia countryside in the fall

5 Tips to Make Fall Leaf Clean-Up a Breeze

Autumn is gorgeous in Virginia’s Hunt Country. As the cool weather sets in, the leaves start to change from green to red, gold, and yellow, treating you to picture-perfect scenery from your window.

But then the leaves start to fall.

You know you need to remove the decomposing leaves from your property (especially leaves from red maples, which are poisonous to horses). But you’re not looking forward to spending hundreds of dollars on professional leaf removal services or spending countless hours raking the leaves yourself. If you own an equestrian property or a home with several acres of land, you know the struggle of removing leaves every autumn.

But here are a few alternatives to removing fall leaves from your property that won’t break the bank or leave you exhausted.

homeowner with lawn mower1. Use a Lawnmower

Lawnmowers are often overlooked for their leaf-removing potential, but they are incredibly useful for property owners in Virginia. If your mower has a bag attachment, it’s a simple matter of mowing the lawn and emptying the bag of the shredded leaves.

2. Use a Leaf Blower

Swap your rake for a leaf blower if your Virginia home has a large yard. Using a leaf blower will help you quickly relocate your leaves into a pile for compost or disposal.

3. Invest in a Leaf Vacuum

Leaves are not the only debris that cover your property in the fall. Twigs, acorns, and pine cones often accompany the leaves and can be difficult to rake. But a leaf vacuum can suck up all of the debris easily.

4. Set Tarps Under Your Trees

Instead of raking your leaves into a large pile, you can place large tarps under your trees to collect leaves, twigs, and acorns. When it’s time to dispose of your leaves, it’s easy to transport the tarp.

leaves in a compost bin5. Relocate Leaves to a Compost Pile

Wondering what to do with your shredded and decomposing leaves? Turn them into compost. Gather up the fallen debris and put them in a composting bin for future use, such as fertilizing the soil in your garden.

Composting fall leaves also serves another purpose: putting leaves out of sight when you’re trying to sell your property.

Need Further Home Staging Help?

If you are trying to sell your Virginia home this season, removing fall leaves from your property is one step to prepare your home for sale. Want additional home staging tips? Ready to sell your property? Contact us and we can help you take the next steps.

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