The Best New Tools to Tackle Fall
The beginning of fall means crisp air, brilliant colors in the trees, and a long list of seasonal chores and projects. Luckily, the fall yard cleanup season also means a new lineup of gadgets and tools ranging from simple to high-tech. No matter how much of an autumnal enthusiast you are, there's bound to be at least a few must-haves on this list for you!
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We'll start our list with a fresh take on an old standby. Traditional rakes can be difficult to wield in tight quarters, and their bulky size makes them a pain to store when not in use for fall yard cleanup. This innovative telescoping rake allows you to customize its fan width and length on the fly. Here are 10 things you can do with all those leaves once you get them collected.
If you've ever wanted to clean up your yard using something that looks like an over-sized Transformer, then the Worx JawSaw is the tool you've been waiting for! The JawSaw is safer than most consumer chainsaws, packs a powerful scissor-cut motion and looks awesome while doing it. If your chainsaw starts to dull, here's how to sharpening it.
The iRobot Looj is built like a miniature tank and it's ready to do battle with gutter build-up. The durable tracks allow it to travel up and down standard gutters, and its propeller system hurls debris out of its path and away from your home. Check out our best DIY gutter fixes.
This telescoping shrub rake is designed with one specific use in mind: knocking leaves loose from shrubs and bushes. The expandable handle allows you to reach leaves stuck in high or awkward spots, as well as from the ground directly underneath your shrubs. More tips for dealing with leaves like a pro.
Sure, you can pull up weeds by hand and hope you get their roots, but why miss out on the fun of burning them with a tiny flamethrower?! Avoid the strain that traditional weeding places on your knees and back, and attack the weeds with the thing they fear most: fire!
Serious advantages of this propane-powered tool include avoiding pesticides and it doubles as a de-icer during the winter. Admittedly, this is a tool best used at the beginning of autumn, when the weeds are heading toward hibernation but before the leaves start to come down in enough numbers to pose a fire hazard.
One more quick variation on everyone's favorite leaf removal tool. The "snake rake" is designed to reduce the stress and strains of fall yard cleanup. Notably, it has more in common with the design of a scythe then a standard rake. The S-curve design does mean that it takes up more space in the garage, but that might be an even trade when you factor in the elimination of back-pain from raking. Check out these eight fall landscaping myths you need to stop believing.
For many DIYers, one of the most satisfying things in the world is the dramatic difference before and after a good power washing. But as enjoyable as the completed project is, it can be something of a slow grind to meticulously make your way across a large patio or driveway. Make your fall yard cleanup happen faster with a broom attachment for your pressure washer. This simple tool takes the stream from a pressure washer and distributes it across a wider horizontal axis. Plus, its horizontal line design makes it easier to avoid the "fan pattern" common with an off-the-shelf pressure washer nozzle. Here are nine surprising ways to use your pressure washer.
One last weeding tool, and this time it's one for those who prefer to go old-school with their war on weeds. This slick aluminum hand weeder is attractive and simple to use. With no moving parts there's nothing to jam up with dirt, and it's great for getting into out-of-the-way crevices where weeds like to hide. If you're ready to take your weeding to the next level, check out this ultimate guide to a weed-free landscape.
This list has focused on fall yard cleanup, but autumn doesn't mean the end of planting. Our list ends with a pair of tools perfect for sowing the seeds of springtime blooms. This one-two punch of a convenient augur and garden claw gloves makes quick work of the traditional fall bulb planting season. More tips on planting spring-blooming bulbs during fall.