Fall yard cleanup
Exquisitely autumn-colored foliage has dropped to the ground.
Kicking and moving through hues of leaves like ripe red, rusty orange, rich gold is the norm while strolling through the yard.
But all those leaves are just pure punishment to your grass if you let them sit untended.
Overgrown branches, dead plants, debris in the flower beds, all need to be tended to.
That’s your shortlist for fall yard cleanup chores.
Your DIY for fall yard cleanup chores is a bit more intense but does not have to be harder work than necessary.
What if you did not have to bend to pick up leaves?
Working smarter means that the old way is not the right way, but it will make you feel old if you have to over-exert!
Whether you are working in your flower beds, cleaning up leaves, clearing a patio of debris, or planting fresh ‘mums’ fall yard cleanup chores can be made easier!
So today’s DIY with Dana will share Fall Yard Cleanup Chores and how to make them easier, I’m in!
DIY For Fall Yard Cleanup Chores
As the Seasons Change
You might note that since the days are cooling off, so much less humid and loads of beautiful sun that it is really a great time to get outside.
Stinkbugs may be around, but you will also be able to see some fabulous bees are buzzing, continuing to pollinate, and gather their golden juice.
While the sun is rising and setting in different areas of the yard, the light it casts is never-the-less welcomed.
Now smell the grass, maybe moist leaves?
Look, there’s a lot of dew from the night.
It’s heavy and with the changing temperature and sun angle, it is taking longer and longer to dry the dew.
Yep, every cue I mentioned shows that Fall has arrived!
With the seasonal change, I do find myself happier than ever to be outside, pulling weeds, cleaning up borders, and making changes to the entire yard.
Fall is when the outside ground begins to beckon your overhaul skills.
At the end of a well-spent outside day outside the general appearance changes, and the yard will come together with a bit of pampering and TLC.
Remember, it’s not about the plants in the yard as much as it is about keeping the yard looking kept and leave-free, with well-maintained borders.
The dreaded list of Fall yard cleanup chores in on your horizon the season is quickly passing in and through.
If you don’t take heed now, and being your DIY for all your Fall yard cleanup chores, then you will have a mess throughout the winter, spring, and summer that follow.
Leaf Cleanup Is Kind of A Universal Chore
Where Do You Start Your Fall Yard Cleanup Chores?
I’ll tell you where I start and what I don’t do.
Not a chance, it’s back-breaking work, that is not necessary.
Well, it is necessary if you don’t have a blower and vacuum with a mulcher in one power tool, but I do!
You so will want this too!
For everyone, this answer is going to be a bit different.
However, in our home, there are a few places I always start because I want to work the mess from the beginning of the house foundation into the woods.
Mt Starting Point With Leaf Cleanup!
So, I start on the patio.
Work through the flower beds, and then into the lawn.
There’s honestly a short-list and a long list that I have, so let’s start with the short and we’ll move through the long list too!
Prejudging is the mother of all mistakes!
Alright, I took my blower, vacuum, mulcher, out of the box, and well, it was light?
A bit too light was my exact first thought.
To be exact it is just 9 pounds and if you’ve hauled around a blower, you know this is light!
Is it gonna be a piece of junk?
Maybe it was light because there was no battery pack attached?
Hmm, I was actually afraid to turn it on.
So, just for kicks, and to share my insight with you as well, I gave her a whirl, or maybe she gave me a whirl… of leaves that is!
I had badly misjudged an outdoor power tool by its weight.
Just like that, with the click of a button, and an electrical cord trailing behind, leaves began to move and I was only on the lowest speed setting.
That means, there is 2 speed controls and the lightest still was crazy effective.
Let Her Rip & Begin the Fall Yard Cleanup Chores.
It’s patio time, at least as I explained that is where I start.
So right at the border frame, I wanted to see what the Worx TRIVAC could do.
S-w-o-o-s-h went the leaves right to the edge of the border, where I would later meet up with them again.
Off of the patio, which is super important to my cleanup list.
Suck It Up Buttercup!
Well, usually when I blow things off of the patio, into the beds, I regret it.
Not this time, because really the power behind this moved the leaves through the thick amassed plantings and towards the border edge on the other side of the patio.
I also used the lower setting to move any leftover leaf debris through the plantings that were still self-fertilizing from their leaves.
Once I met-up with the border mess, well, I went a little crazy and switched over to vacuum mode.
I attached my bag, slung it over my shoulder, changed the knob to vacuum, and sucked up my mess!
Oh, and I could not be happier in case you can’t tell!
No rake, no bending, just pure blissfully working smarter not harder vacuuming of leaves!
I Kept On Going With The Fall Yard Cleanup Chores.
To try it out a bit more, I just blew leaves, for the fun of blowing.
After all, the Worx TRIVAC is lightweight and I did not have to worry about gas, as I was using electric.
There were no directional challenges due to the fact that the wind was calm today, so I just had at it!
The next thing I knew, I had way too many leaves around the hockey net and the ‘dead spot’ in our lawn!
Our summer was brutal, and the lawn has been suffering!
However, I am not leaving the fallen leaves to create further damage.
This is so much fun, it is like vacuuming inside the house and what makes it better is the instant gratification of seeing the difference of piles just disappearing as I go!
*One note, you should work in spread out layers, and with dry leaves for best results. Remember, wet and electric don’t mix, and this is an electric power tool!
Options While Working on my Fall Yard Cleanup Chores
I can blow the leaves, vacuum, and mulch.
There are 2 speeds and incredible air volume which is probably what surprised me the most.
Which I used while I was on the patio, I kept on Speed One, but I kicked her up a speed when I moved into the wide-open lawn.
Plus, the wide-mouth tube allows for large amounts of leaves to be vacuumed up, or when blowing the leaves, the 620 CFM for high-capacity air volume really moves the leaves on the path you choose!
More Detail So You Really Know and LOVE ♥ this TRIVAC too
The wide-mouth, unobstructed circular tube design makes it ideal for vacuuming leaves and other yard debris throughout the property.
Especially in those hard-to-reach areas, such as under decks, between shrubs and fence lines.
The TRIVAC features two-speeds with a maximum of 600 CFM.
At low speed, the blower’s sweeping action is ideal for sidewalks, driveways, patios, and decks, while high speed drives the movement of large volumes of leaves.
Did you know that the 12-amp blower/mulcher/vac has a single-stage metal impeller to shred leaves and twigs to a 16:1 ratio?
Basically, if you were filling recyclable bags by hand with leaves and twigs, you would fill nearly 16 bags versus a single bag with the WORX TRIVAC.
Yep, you save money too!
Finally, the part I’ve already bragged about, it weighs 8.8 lbs. in blower mode and 9.5 lbs. in vac mode due to the weight of the collection bag
Totally the FIND of the year at the right price!
Picking Up what Mother Nature is Throwing Down
But if I am being really real, do you see that bag?
Again, the WORX TRIVAC, blows, and vacuums and mulches.
So, here’s the deal.
Flower beds that you don’t want to rustle through, or edges of beds, or after trimming, don’t haul out a rake, just suck it up.
It’s that easy.
Did I mention that the bag is taking in what Mother Nature threw down?
As you vacuum up the leaves, it’s mulching them.
It eliminates the need to bend and shovel into a can or a burlap tarp.
This holds about 10 gallons of mulched leaves.
You can use that mulch to throw onto your beds, which in turn feeds them, healthy nutrients.
Besides the bag, if you use the trash attachment, which I will show in an updated post later, you can actually eliminate what would be 18 bags of debris.
How? The metal impeller cuts the leaves into mulch, and that’s how it’s accomplished.
Don’t Forget These Fall Yard Cleanup Chose too!
Grab your outdoor work gloves, a good shovel, trimmers, a wheelbarrow, and let the good times roll.
Just saying you might want a beer with you too!
We keep a well-stocked beer fridge, it is a great adult reward as you work, lol!
So What’s Next?
Once you’ve cleared the leaves out of the beds, you can see the mess in the beds!
Clear out all the weeds, and toss out all the plants that are not self-fertilizing.
In other words, if it is not a perennial, it’s gonna need to hit the compost pile for mulching or be tossed out!
Trees and Dead Debris
Grab your pruners, clippers, and shape up the trees, shrubs, and bushes in that bed.
Remove saplings from the bases of trees with pruners.
Don’t forget to cut the rose bushes back
When you are done, you can use your blower at low speed to move the mess out of the beds, or you could vacuum the lighter clippings.
For anything you don’t suck up into your WORX TRIVAC, make sure to have an accompanying wheelbarrow to wheel away the mess.
Make It Look Complete: The Borders of Your Beds
Now if you have grass borders, make sure to clean the grass edges, by trimming tight.
Really, the before and after of an edged bed makes a huge difference.
Tall Grass is a seasonal item, and it may still be thriving in your yard, so you can tie it off now or you can wait a few weeks.
Do make sure to tie it off if you don’t intend to cut it back until the spring.
Use the twine for this tie-up.
Plant Some Fresh Seasonal Items
Lastly, to give the yard a color pop add a few seasonal plants, like hardy Chrysanthemums.
Mums come in a bunch of different colors so you can work out a color scheme or you can just plant them any way you want.
Remember if you cut these back late in November they will come back again next season (if you’ve got perennial mums)
DIY For Fall Yard Cleanup Chores and How To Make Them Easier
Prepping your yard for the fall is not a hard job, but it is time-consuming.
Make sure you have the right tools of the trade like the WORX TRIVAC
Happy Fall ~ Enjoy. Dana XO