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Raking leaves-better to do it a few times or wait until they all fall?

Old 10-30-04, 10:58 PM
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Raking leaves-better to do it a few times or wait until they all fall?

How many times do you rake in the fall?



Today I spent a few hours raking leaves. Usually I wait until most have fallen and do it once or twice. The damn neighbor motivated me. Gotta keep up with the Jones (their real last name).


This year I've raked three times. Once on the back half of the back yard, once on the front half of the back yard, and the front half again today with the driveway and side yard.

I needed to do the front but decided I'd had enough and washed the car instead.


My hunch is that the multiple times would add up to more time than doing it one long time. Whaddya think?
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rake=heart attack on a stick
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I thought it was snow shovel=heart attack on a stick

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If everyone let their leaves accumulate, it would raise the temperature of the Northern Hemisphere by 13 degrees, resulting in a global warming event.
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I live in a new house with baby trees . . . my guess is rake at the end, but I don't really know.
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I use my bagging lawnmower to suck them up. The chopping also greatly reduces the number of bags I use. It's key to do it often enough that they are not too thick for the mower to handle.

Basically, I just keep mowing once a week, but now it's 95% leaves, not grass.
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I would like to have done it all at once, but my wife wanted the yard clean as much as possible "so the grass wouldn't die." I just went and did it....
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Originally posted by Buford T Pusser
I thought it was snow shovel=heart attack on a stick

Both qualify
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Originally posted by DVD Polizei
If everyone let their leaves accumulate, it would raise the temperature of the Northern Hemisphere by 13 degrees, resulting in a global warming event.
That's why the dinosaurs died off too...man invented the rake.
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I used to have to rake 1acre with roughly 80 trees or so when I was a kid. I waited till the end.

At least you could build a massive leaf fort when you finished.
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No raking. Mulching mower after most have fallen.
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Leaf blower: then it becomes the Jones' problem.
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Originally posted by Bandoman
Leaf blower: then it becomes the Jones' problem.
The winds were really strong yesterday, actually took down most of the leaves from the trees BUT the winds also blew the majority of the leaves off my property. It looked like I just raked it
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Windy here too. Not quite that good, but I "gave" more than I "got." A couple of "leaf drifts" I'll have to rake, but the mower can do 90% of the yard. Before the wind, I was getting worried.
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Originally posted by Bandoman
Leaf blower: then it becomes the Jones' problem.



That happened last year with the wind one day. Most of them blew onto his lawn.

But sadly the next door neighbor's leaves blew onto my lawn.
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I mowed them with the mulching mower a few years back but haven't done it much lately. They fall so fast that it's almost too much to get through.

Maybe I should try that again.

We have to bring them to the tree lawn and then the city comes and sucks them up. No burning allowed.





We put on a big addition to our house a few years back. This took out two large trees. We also put up a new 2.5 car garage and that dumped two more trees.

The guy 25 years ago planted three trees for each child just one foot behind the garage. Screwed up the 1920's garage in a major way.
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WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?!?

Yesterday we had almost no leaves on our lawn. This morning, I stumble out to pick up the paper and my lawn is covered!


I've got to somehow find a way to blame Buford for this.
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Well our weather did show up to your place today.



The front trees are empty but the non-Jones neighbors tree is always the last on the block to fall. And it's on the edge of their property with more than half hanging over us.


The back trees are about 70 percent done.
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Originally posted by Buford T Pusser
Well our weather did show up to your place today.


Warm and very breezy? Cause yeah we got it.
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Yep. It rained in the AM for us, but sunny, windy and 70's in the afternoon.

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