The Best Tools for Picking Up Leaves in Your Yard

Spend more time with family and less time raking leaves with these efficient tools that make leaf cleanup a breeze.

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Updated on September 19, 2023

We love fall and watching the leaves change, but it's another story when those beautiful leaves are all over the yard. A leaf blower is the most efficient and easy way to clean up leaves, but if you don't want to tote one of those around, don't like the noise or are on a tighter budget, consider some of these clever tools that make leaf cleanup the old fashioned way much easier. For example, upgrade your worn rake for a new claw-shaped rake that can rake and securely transport small piles, or make bagging leaves so much easier (and possible for one person!) with a leaf gulp that holds bags open wide while you rake in the leaves. Whether your kids love to play in piles of leaves, you add leaves to your compost pile or garden for the extra nutrients or you just don't like leaves covering your lawn, these yard tools and accessories will make the chore of picking up leaves a breeze. Here are 10 of our favorite tools to ensure your yard stays pristine throughout the season.


For a smaller outdoor space that doesn't require the big guns, this grabber-style rake works well. The ergonomic design lets you rake and scoop the leaves at the same time without having to bend over.


Here's another great tool for anyone who prefers a DIY leaf collection approach. Attach this handy tarp tugger to any standard tarp, then pull all your leaves away for easy hauling.


If you don't have a tarp already to attach handles to for leaf cleanup, this tarp is the best of both worlds specifically designed to make hauling leaves easier. It already comes with stakes and handles, as well as three sturdy, reinforced sides that pop open when you are ready to use it and then collapse to be completely flat in seconds for convenient, compact storage.


There's a category of leaf blowers that seem quite scary, but this baby is definitely not. This cordless, rechargeable and portable leaf blower will clean up your yard in a snap. It's also lightweight, so it's easy to operate with one hand.


You may have seen leaf claws before, but you've probably never seen any this big. When you've got more leaves than you know what to do with, it's time for some extra-large plastic claws. They're made of durable plastic and are especially fun for kids to use.


This product is genius. It takes a standard yard and leaf bag and turns it into a giant dustpan. This means that scooping up leaves, branches or anything else in your yard becomes a total breeze. You can lay it on the ground or stand the bag upright.


This might not be the most effective tool in your leaf removal kit, but it's the best way to get the kids involved. This mini rake is made of sturdy, heavy-duty plastic (not metal!), so it's safe for little ones to use. Let them rake leaf piles that they can jump in as a reward.


The Agri-Fab Push Lawn Sweeper will help you maintain the professionally-groomed lawn that you deserve. Cleaning up leaves and small twigs is officially a breeze. The sweeper's lightweight design features two poly tires to ensure smooth transport, as well as four brushes to sweep debris into a hopper bag that can hold up to seven cubic feet of leaves.


Do you have a serious leaf problem in your swimming pool? This deep skimmer is going to be your new BFF. You can attach the mesh bag to a pole for bigger jobs, or use it on its own to scoop out stray leaves here and there. The bag is pretty deep, so you won't have to empty it as much as a typical pool skimmer.

$24.95 (Set of 2)

These handy reusable bags will last you season after season. Choose from a variety of sizes, from 16 gallons up to 132 gallons. They're water-resistant and tear-resistant and can hold up to 150 pounds of leaves each. Bonus: They're made of environmentally-friendly materials, too.

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