What is the easiest way to pick up pine needles in my yard?

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Does anyone know if a shop vacuum with a bag can pick up pine needles??? My back yard is covered in pine needles and they hurt the puppies feet so I have tried to sweep them up but just keep missing ALL of them - ideas on what can pick them up easily - I am old!!!!


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  • Annie Annie on Feb 29, 2020

    Hi Liz, yes a good shop vac will pick up those needles

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Feb 29, 2020

    You may want to bag those up. They Make a very good mulch and landscaping companies sell those for big bucks. You could have a cash cow right in your own back yard. You can sell or give away. Don't just throw away.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Feb 29, 2020

    I would say blower is the best way :)


  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Feb 29, 2020

    I would try a leaf blower

  • they make leaf blowers that suck it up instead of blowing. I would try that. Or a shop vac

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Feb 29, 2020

    Our leaf blower also will vacuum them. I find it awkward so what I can't rake up, I run my mower with bag over them. I would think a shop vac would work much the same way. Good luck!

  • We use a leaf blower!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Feb 29, 2020

    I think a blower would be good or run over with a lawnmower. They are probably too fine for a vacuum. You might reach out to the scouts. Often they help elderly with this type issues.

  • Pamela Pamela on Feb 29, 2020

    A light weight leaf blower works great on dry pine needles , ( don't bother trying if they are wet ! ) at least you can blow them into large piles , making them easier to pick up . Another way is just to use a fake , prefer this way , but it takes longer . But much quieter !!! I just consider it my days exercise 😊

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Feb 29, 2020

    we use a blower and just blow them down the hill on the side of our property or you could ask anyone needing free pine straw to come rake it up and take what they need

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Mar 01, 2020

    Hello some leaf blower have a vacuum option. That might be an easier situation to manage versus using the unit meant for indoor use only.

  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 01, 2020

    Hello Liz, here are a few ideas for you to try, hope they help you

    Try the easiest method first, simply mowing your lawn. Unfortunately, the shape of pine needles makes them resistant to mulch mowing, so that will not work. To remove the pine needles from a lawn, you will need to bag mow it. There will still be pine needles left on the lawn.

    Rake what does not pick up with the mower.

    You can also try a blower vac, blow the needles onto a flat surface like a sidewalk and sweep or suck them up with a vac or the mower,

    I have limestone in my yard, so I have used a fan rake to loosen the needles and then vac them with a blower vac.

    Yes, you can use a shop vac, but you may have to unplug it on occasion, which is easy enough to do.


  • Janice Janice on Mar 01, 2020

    Hi Liz, A shop vacuum would work well if in a small area. Try to get one that is weighted at the bottom so as you work it doesn’t keep falling on its side. Pine needles are not very heavy but the bulk of them may fill up the vac quickly, so be sure to check often and dump the needles into another receptacle as you it gets full. The shop vac, I believe, would be better than a blower/vacuum device because you can also use it for other tasks inside your home or garage. Keep those puppies comfortable! I, too, am old! :)

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 15, 2021

    Hi, Buy a Garden Vac, they are so much better at picking up that sort of stuff.

  • Deb K Deb K on Dec 05, 2021

    Hi Liz, hope this video helps you out,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCm-s1hNzJs

    I have rocks in my yard, so this will help you with cleaning them off rocks,

    Sweep the needles on the ground around the rocks to dislodge them and sweep them into piles for easier hand-removal. Use a grabber to remove the piles to prevent back strain from bending. If you cannot sweep the needles into piles, simply dislodging them with the broom will make them easier to remove with a vacuum.