Autumn leaves are beautiful to look at when they create a striking crimson, orange and gold palette against the fall sky. But when they collect in piles all over your property, they block out sunlight and kill patches of your lawn, stain your concrete with their tannins, and create an ideal home for allergy-inducing mold and mildew. But the work-intensive rake isn’t your only option for cleaning up this fall–from leaf blowers, to mulchers, we’ve got the breakdown of all the best leaf removal methods, along with the pros and cons of each to help you decide which one suits your needs, and tips to help you make leaf removal as easy as possible. Read on to learn more!
1. Find the Best Leaf Removal Method
There are lots of leaf removal methods out there, and the right choice for you will depend on your budget, how much time and effort you want to spend, the size of your property, and the number of deciduous trees on your property. For example, if you have a small property with one small tree, a simple, inexpensive rake might be the way to go. But if you have a large property with several trees, a walk-behind leaf vacuum could be well worth the investment. Click here to find the right leaf removal option for you and work smarter, not harder.
2. Beat Outdoor Mold and Mildew
Autumn rain and leaf buildup create a perfect environment for mold and mildew growth on outdoor surfaces, such as the bricks. Wet & Forget Outdoor works with the wind and rain to eliminate mold and mildew and keep it from coming back for a year or more in most cases! No scrubbing, rinsing, bleaching, or pressure washing needed. Just spray and leave! Wet & Forget Outdoor also wipes out moss, lichen, green algae, and black algae. Click here to learn about killing mold and mildew the easy way with Wet & Forget Outdoor.
3. Conquer Fall Allergies
Fall can be a pretty miserable time for allergy sufferers. Outdoor allergens such as ragweed and mold and mildew can team up with indoor allergens such as pet dander and dust mites to leave allergy sufferers in a fog of itches and sniffles.
But there are things you can do to fight back against fall allergies. Click here for a guide on minimizing your exposure to fall allergens and treating your symptoms, so that you can get back in the game and enjoy autumn.
If you suffer from a mold allergy, try to delegate leaf removal to another family member or hire a gardener for the job, because fallen leaves commonly harbor mold, and the act of removing leaves releases mold spores into the air. If you have no choice but to remove the leaves yourself, wear a protective mask to filter mold spores while you remove the leaves, and shower and change clothes immediately afterwards. Should you happen to wear glasses, wash your glasses with soap and water afterwards to remove any mold spores.
4. Master your Fall Cleanup
While you’re outside removing leaves and preparing your garden for winter, you might notice ugly black algae, damaging moss, stubborn lichen, gross green algae, or disgusting mold and mildew growing on your concrete, your deck, your bricks, or other outdoor surfaces. Fall is the perfect time to wipe out these ugly stains with Wet & Forget Outdoor!
Wet & Forget Outdoor works with autumn’s wind and rain to eliminate these ugly growths and keep them away for a year or more in most cases. Wet & Forget Outdoor’s gentle formula gets the job done with no scrubbing, bleaching or pressure washing needed–just spray and leave, and let Wet & Forget and the autumn rain do the work! You’ll be amazed at the results–just ask Carol and Gilbert of Dayton, Ohio, who wiped out black algae with Wet & Forget Outdoor. Pick up some Wet & Forget Outdoor, and master fall cleanup! Click here to find out how.
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