You love it when the leaves change color every autumn but picking them up off of your yard can get a bit annoying. If you want your grass to grow in strong and healthy come spring, however, some of those leaves are going to have to go.
You may not need to pick up every single leaf that falls in your yard. In fact, if you leave the leaves that fall to the base of your trees and shrubs, these leaves will compost and help the trees and shrubs to grow in the future. While the leaves are breaking down, they can act as a mulch around the base of your trees and you will not need to add as many wood chips. Once the leaves are decomposed, they will feed your trees and shrubs like compost.
Do not rake up leaves if you do not need to. At the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, just mow over the leaves and let your lawnmower turn them into mulch. This is way easier than raking. Mowing the leaves will only work as long as you still need to mow your grass. If you keep trying to mow the leaves after the grass stops growing, you'll wreck the grass.
Invest in a heavy duty, wide rake that is lightweight and comfortable for you to handle. It is going to be much easier to rake your leaves if you have a big, comfortable rake that does not have broken tines and won't give you splinters.
Perhaps the most difficult part of picking up your leaves is getting them into your trash bags. This step is exponentially easier if you have someone help you to hold the bag open while you rake the leaves in. Better yet, you can employ some local kids to rake and bag your leaves for you.