How do you prefer to remove the leaves from your lawn: by leaf blowing or leaf raking? I guess I'm somewhat old-fashioned in preferring good ol' leaf raking: it's quiet, enviro-friendly and cheap. That first quality is a biggie, for me: when I'm out leaf raking, I can hear those autumn leaves rustling. There's something really peaceful about that sound. Leaf blowing, by contrast, drowns out that more pleasing sound, replacing it with the sound of an engine.
But that's just me. How about you? Is leaf blowing or leaf raking your preferred method of leaf removal?
Leaf Blowers Create Noise Pollution
- I hate the noise they make. One of my neighbors has one and I think it is his favorite tool. He blows his leaves and other yard waste into the street and then blames the wind when his leaves get blown onto others' properties by Mother Nature. In my opinion leaf blowers are a great cause of noise pollution and the manufacturers of these tools should be forced by law to reduce the noise levels they produce.
Irresponsible and Inconsiderate
- Leaf blowers are environmentally irresponsible and people who use them are inconsiderate to their neighbors (not to mention lazy).
- —Guest Mary F.
Rake vs Blower
- It is just not that simple. Newly seeded lawns require a different approach than a well-established one. Use a rake (preferably plastic) before the seed germinates, but a blower afterward. Rakes can pull young grass plants out of the ground. Using the mulching capability of a blower-vac makes efficient use of the leaves. Waiting for years for full-sized leaves to break down is just too optimistic.
- We know raking is best, but it is hard work (albeit good exercise). We have bought a Lawn Sweeper.We also have a blower, but it does not work on wet leaves.
- —Guest Marilyn
Love to Rake
- I thoroughly enjoy a good raking session. Some people call it a hobby or a job -- I call it a way of life.
- —Guest Shane Burgo Burgess
Alternatives: Wind or Mulching Leaves
- Bad back, can't rake and leaf blowers are too heavy. So I mulch. But this year I got really lucky, a big wind blew all day and all of the leaves went away. I don't know where and I don't care. Not a one of them came back either. YAY!!
Noise, Noise, Noise!
- I know I have complained about my next door (cottage) neighbour. What he also does is blow all the leaves into the river. I don't know what the purpose of this is? But, we also have another cottage neighbour who had to BLOW all the leaves off his deck this fall (wouldn't a broom be better and quieter?). What is it with this noise thing? Do they not realize that every time they start up these things, all the critters head for the hills? -- Valerie
- —Guest Valerie
Leaf Raking or Leaf Blowing
- I have to agree with Matt about neighbours who blow their leaves on your lawn. I had just raked all the leaves from the driveway, etc. (and there were a lot of them) then the neighbours came from the city with their leaf blower and blew leaves back over where I had just raked. I have a bad back and thought I had done a good job...this was not called for. He had asked his wife if she thought it would be nice if he helped me out....what????
- —Guest Valerie
Combination of the Two for Fun
- I prefer raking over leaf blowing, and not because one is easier than the other! Both involve intense physical labor! However, I have learnt that a combination of both can be both fun and relaxing! For sidewalks, driveways and hard to clean places, it's always easier and more convenient to use the leaf blower. For the lawn and the flower beds, it's good old raking!
- —Guest Ferrol Lobo
Till the Leaves Under
- We always rake them right into our garden after we till in the fall. In the spring we till again adding the decomposed leaves right in and a fertilizer.
- —Guest Diane
Leaf Blowing vs Leaf Raking
- Hello there. I prefer raking. We live in a winterized cottage in Frankford, Ontario and enjoy the peace and quiet. I don't rake in the fall...I feel I rake enough in the spring and the leaves are good fertilizer for the grass. We have a neighbour who comes from the city and eventually bought a leaf blower. He just loves noise. He spends hours out there with his gear on. He looks like something from a space movie. Ha ha. As you say, raking gives you time to enjoy the outdoors. I rake a little, walk around to see what's new and rake a little more, etc. What fun! Although, at times I think trees should not have leaves! Ha ha.
- —Guest Valerie Davis
- We pick them up in a bagger on the back of our riding mower but I also use an electric blower (not as much noise as a gas one). Our lawn is HUGE (over an acre) so raking is out of the question. I will rake in certain areas where the leaves are stuck to get them off the grass, though. We live in the mountains so we get tons of leaves and it's a battle for weeks on end getting them all up!
- —Guest Donna
No Raking, No leaf Blowing
- Raking always killed my back; leaf blowers are too heavy. So now I have a new lawn tractor and get every single leaf and can have the best looking lawn around. No sore back, no sore muscles, and I can even keep my cold beer in a built-in holder. Doesn't get any better than that.
- —Guest Charlie White
Neither - Nature Rules Supreme
- We have cultivated a rich safe habitat for birds, butterflies, and insects of all kinds. The only sounds coming from our garden are rustling leaves, bird and cricket song, and the buzzing of bees. An outdoor landscape is about peace. Blowers are weapons of mass destruction. One can only imagine the toll they take on the thousands of tiny beings - spiders, ladybugs, crickets, toads, ants, moths, etc. - whose lives are so gently intertwined with our own.
- —Guest Betsy Wrenn
Leaf Raking / Bagging Combo
- I use the BagMaster with my rake to bag my leaves. Easy, fast, safe. Unbeatable combination for lots of reasons.