12 Rules of Raking


| 10/21/2008 1:27:41 PM


Tags: sustainable living, leaves, raking, yard maintenance, fall,

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1. Always rake with the wind, and rake downhill whenever possible.

2. Share the wealth with your lawn. When the first leaves alight on a still-green lawn, mulch-mow to return the leaves and grass clippings to the soil. In addition to helping your lawn, it's easier to rake turf areas that have been smoothed over by a good mowing.

3. Use your mower to shred leaves to use as mulch or in compost. Set aside whole leaves in a separate pile, and deal with them later when you have more time.

4. Mix leaf species. Leaf-eating microorganisms that get started on thin maple or dogwood leaves will move on to thicker oak leaves as the mixture decomposes.

5. Don’t pick up leaves unless you must. Instead, collect leaves in a tarp or an old sheet, pick up the corners, and carry or drag the bundle to your piles.

6. Match your rake to your leaves, and to your body. At stores, try rakes on for size before you buy. Rakes with metal tines last longer than plastic ones, but plastic tines may be lighter.

fenris
11/5/2017 10:12:49 AM

Living under a dense canopy, I used to wonder what to do with all the chopped up leaves the HOA insisted I clean off the lawn. Fast forward and now I have a 25x25ft community garden plot --annuals only :( -- which I cover with shredded leaves for over-wintering and 2x tillage by next spring. Suddenly I have shortage of leaf mulch for my yard! Now to figure out how to keep worms in the garden plot.


fenris
11/5/2017 9:53:59 AM

Living under a dense canopy, I used to wonder what to do with all the chopped up leaves the HOA insisted I clean off the lawn. Fast forward and now I have a 25x25ft community garden plot --annuals only :( -- which I cover with shredded leaves for over-wintering and 2x tillage by next spring. Suddenly I have shortage of leaf mulch for my yard! Now to figure out how to keep worms in the garden plot.


jerrycartwright
11/2/2017 8:56:26 AM

I'm 54 years old and have raked my fair share of leaves and must say that I can't remember enjoying any of them. LOL Also, this year I had a guy let me borrow one of the sweepers that pulls behind a mower and hand's down, that is the absolute easiest way to "rake" leaves. I will be purchasing me one in the future.





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