Use this money-saving trick to remove dead leaves from your yard

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Use this money-saving trick to remove dead leaves from your yard
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If you can’t stand the sight of dead leaves on your lawn, here’s a way to get rid of them without a leaf blower — or even a rake!

April Medlen posted a video to Facebook that shows a man named Brian Shreves using a large piece of cardboard to move leaves into a big pile. It’s pretty amazing how the green lawn reappears in just a matter of seconds.

The video below was first uploaded in November 2015. It has more than 12 million views and counting!

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Leaf blower ratings

If you’d rather buy a leaf blower, Consumer Reports says “The best handheld electric leaf blowers have long beaten their gasoline-fueled competitors with comparable power and less weight and noise.”

Here are a few of the publication’s recommendations: 

Toro UltraPlus 51621 leaf blower

  • Electric handheld
  • Overall score: 82
  • Price: $100.00

Echo PB-255LN leaf blower

  • Gasoline handheld
  • Overall score: 80
  • Price: $199.00

Stihl BR 350 leaf blower

  • Gasoline backpack
  • Overall score: 89
  • Price: $350.00

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Fastest way to pick up leaves

Once your leaves are in a big pile, what’s the best way to get them into trash bags? In the YouTube video below from the FIX IT Home Improvement Channel, see how an ergonomic grip is added to a pair of rakes to pick up leaves without causing back strain.

What’s your #1 tip to get rid of dead leaves? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Mike Timmermann About the author:
Michael Timmermann paid off his mortgage in two years. Now, he shares his money-saving tips on his blog, Save on Almost Everything.
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