Fall is in full force here on the northern Pacific coast. All of this wind and rain have me bunkered down indoors and dreading the work that is waiting for me after the storm clears. Fortunately, there’s a ton of helpful tools to handle everything that autumn can muster.

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Ryobi Leaf Blower. One+ 18 Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Leaf Blower/Sweeper – $99

1. A leaf blower. For sidewalks, driveways, patios and your lawn, an electric leaf blower can power through large leaf cleanup. Just make sure you use during appropriate hours and to keep it charged!

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Cavex 22-Tines Metal Leaf Rake – $9.48

2. A rake. For smaller cleanup jobs, a leaf or tree rake, like this one, is an essential tool in your autumn arsenal.

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Fiskars 14 ft. Bypass Pruner 93006966J – $39.97

3. Extendable shrub trimmer. Fall is the time to prune your trees and save your home from falling limbs. An extendable limb trimmer makes hitting those branches simple.


Orbit Telescoping Wand with Gutter Cleaner – $19.98

4. Gutter cleaner. Clear your gutters of debris and have them flowing freely with a gutter cleaner, like this one, which attaches to a garden hose and expands to assist with hard-to-reach stains.


Black and Decker 36V Lithium Ion 24-Inch Hedge Trimmer – $123

5. Hedge trimmer. Clean up new growth and maintain those hedges looking their best with a hedge trimmer, like this easy-to-handle battery-operated version. If a heftier trimming is required, a hedge cutter can help you handle the thicker, more older stalks.

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Keter Garden Views E-Composter – $74.99

6. Compost bin. A compost bin can save all of that yard debris, and you’re going to have yourself a healthy source of compost come spring planting time.

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Honda FG110 Aerator Kit – $94.57

7. Aerator. Fall is the perfect time to aerate your soil. An aerator will help to address any thatch your lawn may have collected and improve turf growth.

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RESCUE Garden Hose. 60 gal. Sandstone WaterUrn Decorative Urn Rain Barrel Kit wi – $169

8. Rain barrel. Take advantage of Mother Nature’s bounty and stock up on water to the summer and spring by installing a rain water heater, like this attractive 60-gallon version.

Now it’s your turn. Share your autumn must-have tools at the Remarks section below.

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