8 tools to keep your yard from becoming a leafy mess

Fallen leaves are absolutely wonderful—until the rain comes.

Tools to keep your yard clean
Don't just leaf them all over the place.Konstantin Planinski via Unsplash

Before you know it, your lush, green trees will turn brown and reject their foliage. When the leaves fall, littering your lawn, you’ll have some choices to make. Do you want to leave your backyard covered with dead plants, ready to be rained on and slimed, or do you want to keep things tidy? The following list of products will keep your lawn in check.

For more traditional gardening gear, check out our list of the best gardening tools for keeping your yard lush without the waste.

Work electric chainsaw

Work electric portable chainsaw
After all the leaves have fallen, it’s easier to gauge the health of your backyard plants.Amazon

Have a small and portable chainsaw on hand to prune bushes, clear branches, or cull chunks of tree that might be growing too far into your property. This cordless, 20-volt Work electric chainsaw weighs a little more than 10 pounds. It's got an ergonomic grip and an auto-tension and auto-oiling system. The 10-inch chainsaw comes with a battery and charger.

Greenworks leaf blower

Greenworks leaf blower
Get rid of unwanted leaves from your yard.Amazon

What to do with those pesky leaves covering your lawn? Blow ‘em away. This handheld, rechargeable 40-volt Greenworks cordless blower—it weighs 7 pounds—is quiet and can blow up to 150 miles per hour. There are six blowing speed settings.

EZ Travel Collection folding rake

Folding rake
The main problem with having a lot of yard equipment is that it takes up a lot of space.Amazon

Think about how much room you need for a rake, shovel, chainsaw, axe, and grading tools. This telescopic, steel folding rake measures 62 inches when extended, but only 32-inches when collapsed. The teeth of the rake also retract—from 19.5 inches when open to 7.5 inches when folded up.

Mekkapro leaf claws

Mekkapro leaf claws
Scoop way leaves by hand.Amazon

These MEKKAPRO leaf scoops and claws—there are two in a set—will help you grab fallen leaves by hand. The plastic claws are 9.5 inches high and 13.5 inches wide. They're like your hands, but so much better.

Rocky Mountains Goods

Rocky Mountains Goods tarp
If your main concern is keeping your backyard clean—and you have another place to dump fallen leaves on your property—forget stuffing everything into plastic bags.Amazon

Grab a leaf tarp or reusable yard waste bag to haul away your debris. If you get a tarp with side handles, you can rake—or claw—your foliage on top of the tarp and lug the cache away to the edge of your property (or your neighbor’s lawn). This Rocky Mountains Goods tarp measures 9 feet square. It's UV-treated and can be used as a protective cover for items in your yard.

UNNI bags

UNNI compostable trash bags

If you’re set on using bags to haul away your leaves, snag some of these compostable UNNI trash bags. They are made of plant starches and can hold up to 33 gallons of waste.

Worx electric mulcher

Worx electric mulcher
Fit more leaves in the bags.Amazon

Why use this 13-amp, electric Worx Leaf mulcher? The blade-less machine weighs just over 28 pounds and uses grass trimmer lines to shred 53 gallons of leaves per minute so they take up less space in your waste bags or compost pile. The bottom of the mulcher holds the bag, so the leaf shreds fall in.

Snow Joe shovel

Snow Joe ergonomic shovel
If you’re reading this and snow has already fallen.Amazon

The ergonomic Snow Joe—which won last year's family shovel competition—has spring-assist handles that make lifting heavy, wet snow much easier—and puts less strain on your back.