Gravel mulch is the material of choice for landscapers in hot, arid areas where water is rationed and green lawns are hard to maintain. However, this material presents a challenge when autumn approaches and the shade trees lose all of their leaves at once. The ideal method for removing leaves from gravel differs from property to property, as does the kind of gravel and the size of the gravel. Before the winter rains approach, it is important to remove leaves from gravel walkways, rock gardens, and dry streams as well. Otherwise, your landscape and the stormwater drains in the surrounding area may get blocked with sodden masses of slippery wet leaves.
Best Way to Get Leaves Off Gravel
A leaf blower is the most effective tool for removing leaves from gravel, whether it be an inorganic mulch, a pathway, or a dry stream bed. Put on protective gear such as safety goggles, gloves, a mask or respirator, and ear protection before you start the job. Additionally, the Replacement Commercial Parts Warehouse suggests wearing closed-toe shoes, long sleeves, and long trousers. It is important to familiarise yourself with and adhere to the instructions provided by the manufacturer in order to prevent harm to yourself, other people, and the surrounding environment.
Put the leaf blower on its lowest setting on a day in the autumn or winter when the weather is dry, and start moving the leaves to a central spot using the blower. The best way to move the leaves without sending them flying all over the yard is to push them along with sweeping motions that angle slightly upward. It is best to avoid using higher settings since an excessive amount of force might cause tiny particles of gravel to become airborne and blown through a window or onto a kid, pet, or car. Keep the nozzle at least four to six inches away from the plants as well as the gravel in order to prevent the air blast from harming your vegetation.
Mulching and vacuuming capabilities are often included in high-quality leaf blowers as well. Instead of sweeping the leaves away, you should vacuum them up and mulch them so that they may be used in other sections of the garden. You may also use a wet/dry shop vacuum to suck leaves out of gravel; with some experience, you’ll be able to determine the distance at which the nozzle can pick up leaves while leaving the gravel behind.
Rake the Leaves
Raking leaves is a fantastic form of exercise and is a far quieter alternative to using a leaf blower. When looking for a rake to utilise for cleaning gravel, you should search for one that has thin metal tines that are flexible, such as those on an adjustable rake. The tiny metal tines will not be able to move the gravel; rather, they will only be able to remove the lightweight leaves.
According to Peppers Home and Garden, another alternative is a straw broom in the manner of Asian culture. Because the head of the soft straw brush, which may be up to 40 inches broad, is shaped like a fan, it is simple to brush over pea or other tiny stones without upsetting the pebbles. Because the bristles on a Western-style broom are thick and stiff, it is not feasible to sweep up fallen leaves without also moving the gravel when using this kind of broom over loose gravel. This is because it is practically impossible. However, in the event of gravel walkways that have been properly compacted, any kind of broom should be able to remove the leaves.
Put on your mask, safety goggles, and gloves to shield your hands and eyes from dust and to prevent it from entering your lungs. After that, rake the leaves as rapidly as possible. After the leaves have been raked into a pile, place them in bags or a green container so that they may be composted at the station that handles trash and recycling.
Dispose of the Leaves
You may complete the task by placing the leaves in bags and throwing them out with the garbage on trash day; but, you can also finish the job by blowing the leaves back into the landscape around trees and bushes to produce a natural mulch. This will finish the job. If you blow the leaves into the grass and then drive a mulching lawn mower over them several times, you can then rake or blow the leaves over the ground to spread them out. You should wet the chopped-up leaves in order to keep them from moving around beneath the plants and onto the gravel walks.
You may even rake the leaves onto your own compost pile, a raised bed, or an empty garden bed, where they will eventually decay into compost that you can use in your flowerbeds or vegetable garden. The University of Florida IFAS Extension proposes that you manufacture no-mix compost by first moistening and mixing the dead leaves and green, nitrogen-rich materials, and then placing them into a compost bin. This method is recommended for those who do not have the time to manage a compost pile. The heap should be moistened on a regular basis to prevent it from drying up, and then it should be left to slowly degrade over the course of the winter months.
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Asian-style straw broom
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