DIY Leaf Collector

Raking leaves onto a tarp with wooden dowels
This simple tarp modification makes raking and collecting leaves easier — and faster — than ever.

Whether you use a rake or a leaf blower to collect leaves, what do you do once you have a big pile? How do you easily transport the leaves into a trashcan or to your composting bin? Here’s one way: Get a 4×8-foot tarp, fold it in half, and then staple wooden dowels onto the ends to form handles. Now, lay the tarp in front of your pile of leaves and rake them right onto it. Grab with the handles, lift the entire pile of leaves and slide them into the garbage can.

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