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Old 11-09-2009, 07:05 AM
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In our back yard we have a corner shaded by 5 trees. We set up our kids play area (sand box, swing set, ...) in the shaded area so it is easier to play in the summer time. Since the area is shaded and gets lots of foot traffic, very little grass grows.

This year we laid down triple shredded hardwood much in the area. We are very happy with the result (it looks better and helps protects the kids when they fall).

Now that it is fall, we ran into a new problem. The mulch is having a thick layer of leaves from the trees.

What is the best way to "rake" leaves on mulch? I have tried a rake, but that also picks up the mulch. I thought about buying a leaf blower, but I am afraid it will also blow the mulch. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Old 11-09-2009, 07:29 AM
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Well, sorry to tell you, but you will lose some mulch. I have the same problem and have found no true solution. I use a metal rake and "lightly" rake the leaves onto the grass. I pile them, then dispose of them. Usually I end up with a small pile of mulch on the lawn once the leaves are up which I then rake back into the mulched area. Works for me. And you are correct, most leaf blowers will also blow the mulch so that won't work. If anyone else has a good suggestion I would love to hear it.
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:33 AM
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Some leaf blowers have at least a "high" and "low" setting (if not more) - and the lower settings can be useful for blowing light, dry leaves off the mulch beds. But you'll still get some mulch with the leaves.
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:34 AM
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I've used a blower with pretty good success. I just keep it moving- don't concentrate in one area. Granted, I'm loosing a little mulch but I always freshen in the spring anyway.
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:36 AM
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You can try wetting the area and then using the leaf blower. The mulch should absorb more water and be heavier. The reality is that mother nature usually wins, she has infinite patience and bags of tricks.
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:29 AM
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Leaf blower held at just the right distance and angle will work.
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