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...