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Raking apples from the lawn

  • Raking apples from the lawn

It's nearly autumn, the apples are ripening on the trees, and it's time to start raking up windfalls. If you leave them, they only rot in place, spoiling the grass and attracting wasps, so it's better to rake them up, and therefore I'd like to share a little tip.

I find that the Spring Rake is too light for apples, and tends to get bent prongs, but using a Soil Rake (the normal, solid, sort) is hopeless, as the teeth dig into the grass and you end up trying to hold the rake in an ungainly hover, which is bad for the back, as well as being massively frustrating.

But!! If you spear one of the apples with the Soil Rake, it makes the rake glide effortlessly across the grass, scooping up all the other apples (and most of any fallen leaves) as it goes.

Quick, simple, easy: all the bruised apples (and any fallen leaves) can go on the compost heap, and there won't be any pale patches on the lawn.

Oh, and you can make life easier for yourself if you keep the grass under the apple trees good and short...

Comments (3)

  1. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    What a brilliant idea Rachel! I've always hated raking grass with a soil rake for the very reason you say. And turning one of the apples to your advantage is clever indeed.

    Must confess here in Somerset, where we have rather a lot of apple trees, I succumbed to a 'gadget' a couple of years ago. I have not looked back. You simply roll it along and it automatically picks up the apples (as I have attempted to show with the three photos). Great thing is, there is no bending over at all. When the wire drum is full you simply pull apart two of the wire spokes while shaking it over a bucket and all the apples fall out.

    For anyone that's interested, it's called an Apple Wizard and you can get it on Amazon. It's not cheap, but I found it quickly paid it's way. A sea of apples on the ground don't fill me with the same dread they used to!

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  2. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    ROFL! Thank you Jeremy, for sharing that device - what a brilliant idea! You can just picture some frustrated person locked in their workshop night and day, determined to find a way to collect those darned apples without bending! I'm particularly impressed with the "opening" device, so you don't have to bend down to empty it out.

  3. Grower

    Charlie Armour

    Sounds fab. Can't wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing (both).

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