It's not pure laziness that tempts me to hold off on the chore of raking leaves. No, on purely aesthetic grounds, I feel there's good reason to leave the leaves in place for a while. What lover of the harvest season doesn't enjoy the look of those brightly-colored fallen angels blanketing the ground? They provide a perfect backdrop for outdoor Halloween decorations, don't they? I love the look of piles of autumn leaves surrounding my garden scarecrow. So I'm understandably reluctant to rake them up any sooner than I have to.
Looks aside, though, that leafy blanket presents a problem. Don't think that the purpose of raking leaves is just to get the yard cleaned up (so the leaves don't blow around, etc.). And timing does make a difference. So if you're a procrastinator by nature, you may wish to read this tip on when to rake leaves.
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