Cleaning & Organization

Here’s The Most Clever Way To Clear Leaves From Your Yard

Tackle those leaves, snowplow-style!

We all love to look at fall leaves, but we don’t much care for raking them up! Let’s face it, raking leaves is a time-consuming chore that can be murder on your back.

One fellow named Brian Shreves came up with an insanely simple solution. As you can see in the video below, all he does is take a big piece of cardboard, then he shoves the leaves—snowplow-style—right up to the side of the road. Bam! Done.

Why has no one thought of this before? Or if they have, why didn’t they stick it up on Facebook? This video’s been viewed 11 million times since it was posted last fall. People seem to agree that when it comes to clearing leaves, there’s just got to be a better way!

So tear down that old appliance box sitting in the garage, and leave the rake right where it is. This way is much easier!

I will say, I’m not so sure this will work if the leaves are all wet and matted together, but it’s worth a shot. Our clever Audience Development & Marketing Manager, Christina, pointed out that a thin piece of plywood might work even better than cardboard. The extra strength of plywood may stand up better than cardboard—though be careful not to rip up your grass underneath. It’s always best to wait until leaves are dry before clearing leaves, if possible.