Complaints from your homeowners association and diminished curb appeal aside, letting autumn leaves blanket your property is a bad idea: It's only a matter of time before a lawn suffocates under a carpet of leaves. Some people find reasons to own an array of fall cleanup equipment, but at the very least, you need a leaf rake. Get one with a hardwood handle and flexible metal tines. We like the Ames True Temper Kodiak 24-Tine Spring Brace Rake. Available on Amazon; $39.09.