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Quick and Easy Spring Lawn Cleanup

When the highways department deposits a goodly load of gravel, crushed stones or sand on your lawn during the winter (the result of treatments to a nearby icy road to make it less slippery), the best tool to pick the mess is not the traditional lawn rake, but a wet/dry vacuum (sometimes called a workshop vacuum or shop vac).

As soon as the snow has melted and the ground is no longer soggy (and certainly before the grass starts to turn green), put the vacuum cleaner in dry suction mode and off you go. It will pick up all the litter—even the gravel—in an instant!

The neighbors may think you’re nuts, but it works perfectly! You’ll be surprised how quickly they’ll go from smirking to doing the same thing. 

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

4 comments on “Quick and Easy Spring Lawn Cleanup

  1. Larry, I have been looking for a variety of milkweed (that feeds monarch butterflies) that might survive in my Zone 2 garden. Any ideas?

    • Showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) is probably the hardiest one. It’s hardy to zone 3 for sure and would be the one the most likely to try in zone 2.

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