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Readers Respond: Leaf Blowing vs Leaf Raking

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From the article: How to Use Leaf Blower/Vacs

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?

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!!
—BrucesMom

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

Different Methods!

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.
—BagMaster

Easiest Possible Way to Clean Leaves

I use leaf blowers and get everything including acorns, pine needles etc. Never touch a rake actually blow leaves on to a tarp then move the tarp forward and repeat. When the tarp is full I fold edges and compact the leaves on the tarp leaving more space for more leaves until the tarp is full. Then I tie the corners together making the tarp look like a hammock or a banana. Start my back pack blower grab one end of the tarp and blow air under the tarp virtually makes the tarp of leaves into a hovercraft and the tarp can be pulled with no effort to the woods or my trailer. I usually won't tell anyone this secret because I run a business doing this and we do three times the work in half the time of any other company. Have fun and don't say I never taught you anything.
—Guest Josh

Big Time Saver

I lived in the desert before retiring and moving to Delaware. We bought a one acre lot with plans to build retirement home. It had 55 large oak trees and I spent many, many days hand raking and loading leaves into a 4 x 8 trailer for many, many trips to relatives who wanted the leaves. After the house was built and lot reduced to approx. 20 oak trees I bought a 10 hp mulcher chipper and a leaf blower. That became labor intensive with more time emptying the cloth leaf bag into plastic bags. Finally, after planting grass and getting a lawn tractor, I mounted the mulcher/chipper between the lawn tractor and a closed in yard trailer and connected it all together with 8 inch hose. Also, to saving bagging the mulched leaves, i rigged up a pvc pipe frame that holds 6 -33 gallon bags inside the trailer. Leaves are now mulched, blown into the trailer/bags and the whole mess is driven to street shoulder, bags are unloaded, twisty added. Job's now done quickly and neatly!!!
—Guest lotsaleaves

Rakes Rule

What happened to being able to sit on your porch on a nice fall day, or summer day, and hear . . . nothing. Today it is rare to be able to sit and listen to silence. All you hear on these beautiful fall weekends is that incessant leaf blower motor. I timed my neighbor one day, he was blowing for 2 and a half hours. I can rake my entire yard in 1 hour, without making a lot of noise and getting some exercise to boot. An it is not just my neighbor, you hear them all over the neighborhood. I don't think people actually think before they buy something they think they need, if they did they would not but leaf blowers. They only think it is better than raking because you are "blowing" instead of "working". It's funny, they same guys that would complain about me riding my mini bike as a kid, because it made a lot of "noise" are the first to buy a leaf blower and argue it is their right to use it because this is America.
—Guest Johncshell

Leaf Raking Is the Adult Method

Leaf blowers are for senior citizens and 4yr old girls.
—Guest mudd

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