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15 Super-Useful Tools for Dealing with Leaves

With fall comes of the promise of leaves, clumping up on your grass and matting down on your flowerbeds (even old needles make an appearance). These leaves foster mold and block the sun, so removing them ASAP is a smart move. We've got the best rakes, blowers, mulchers and every other fall tool you will need.

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Leaf BlowerIvan Smuk/Shutterstock

Leaf Blower

If you don't have many leaves but they are still a nuisance on your driveway or deck, a fall tool leaf blower can help to quickly clear things up. And, cordless electric models are fast, eco-friendly and easy to charge up.
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Leaf-Friendly Fan RakeFamily Handyman

Leaf-Friendly Fan Rake

Heavy rakes are great for breaking up the soil, but for raking leaves without damaging your lawn, you need a fan rake. These rakes are simple, affordable and make leaf cleanup much faster. Plus: Shovel rack design plans
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Scoops/Claws for Leaves

Scoops/Claws for Leaves

For large piles of leaves, leaf scoops make transportation much easier. This fall tool shaped like large claws fit around your hands so you can, well, "scoop" a large pile very quickly. Plus: 5 Ways Smart Homeowners Deal With Fall Leaves
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Garden ClawStepanPopov/Shutterstock

Garden Claw

Leaves can often become matted against soil, around trees or in flower beds. You should use a garden claw to root them out before these leaf mats start causing problems.
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Fall Tool Leaf Vacuumtommaso79/Shutterstock

Fall Tool Leaf Vacuum

For bigger leaf projects, pick up a leaf vacuum that suck leaves into a bag for easy disposable. Additionally, this fall tool is especially useful for clearing up channels and corners where leaves drift into long piles. Plus: The Best Gutter Guards for Your Home
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Advanced Pick-Up Rake

Advanced Pick-Up Rake

This clever fall tool rakes comes with a "grabber" design using two different sections to clasp onto leaf piles. Think of them like leaf scoopers, but with a much longer reach and dual-purpose raking. Photo: Amazon
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Kid's Leaf Rake

Does your kid want to help you clean up leaves? Encourage them to be helpful with a kid's leaf rake made just for them. This fall tool will make your little helper feel included and will hopefully make your job more fun too! Plus: How to get kids started in DIY
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Leaf Mulcher/Shredder

Leaf Mulcher/Shredder

These mulchers pulverize leaves into a useful mulch, and is ideal for large outdoor gardens and eco-friendly landscaping. Instead of throwing your leaves away, consider mulching them with the right fall tool model. Plus: Our guide on all things mulch Photo: Amazon
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Mulching Mower

Mulching Mower

If your mower is compatible with a simple fall tool mulching attachment and your lawn is covered in leaves, think about a mulching session before the final cleanup. Your lawnmower can shred the leaves ahead of time for fast disposable or use in your garden. It's the best for both worlds.  
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Sweeper for Big Cleanup Projects

Sweeper for Big Cleanup Projects

A sweeper is an attachment you can use with your lawn tractor that helps gather up leaves as you go along. This fall tool is a great choice for very large lawns. And is also helpful for lawns with far-scattered leaves that need to be quickly collected. Want to learn more about a lawn sweeper and whether you need one for your yard? Photo: Home Depot
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Leaf Roof Brush

Leaf Roof Brush

A leaf roof brush is an extended, angled outdoor broom with a lightweight handle. And it is designed to help you draw leaves off of your roof before they cause damage. This fall tool is a much safer option than power-washing your roof, which can damage shingles. Photo: Amazon
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Leaf Tarp

Leaf Tarp

You may prefer to blow/rake your leaves onto a leaf tarp, which you can then fold up and drag away. It's a reusable and easy fall tool solution for especially large leaf piles. And it works great when you prefer not to use bags. Plus: How to Achieve a Healthy Lawn
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Durable, Waterproof Garden GlovesPHILIPIMAGE/Shutterstock

Durable, Waterproof Garden Gloves

Gloves come in useful when gathering leaves and spreading leaf mulch. However, this fall tool is particularly handy when the time comes to clean all those leaves out of your gutters.
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Eco-Friendly Leaf Bags

Eco-Friendly Leaf Bags

Try one of these reusable Snapper bags for smaller leaf piles. This fall tool is easy to fill and carry around and won't waste your plastic garbage bags. Photo: Home Depot
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Reusable Leaf Chute

Reusable Leaf Chute

Leaf chutes are affordable, upright boxes and guiders that you can use to quickly to fill up bags, mulchers or cans with leaves. This fall tool helps smaller cleanup projects be more efficient, and can be reused as necessary. Plus: 15 Best Projects to do in Fall