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Old 11-07-2012, 10:03 AM
 
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Our house is on a 1/2 acre lot with a large wooded area behind us which has many very large trees that blow their leaves on our yard. We are not complaining it is beautiful, except when we have to mow and rake. I HATE mowing and raking and it has spoiled many of our weekends.

I noticed many of our neighbors hire services to mow and rake. 99% of the workers are Hispanic and I have tried to talk to them about how much they charge and non appear to speak English. They just point at the truck with the lawn services telephone number.

Have a larger lot? Do you like to rake leaves and would you outsource the job to a lawn service?
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:10 AM
 
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LOL 1/4 or 1/2 acre yards and hiring/worrying about it.

I have three acres of grass....then the rest is field and woods.

John Deere tractor takes care of them.

I either burn the pile or dump them in the woods for a worm bed for summer fishing season.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:43 AM
 
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If you can afford it, hire it out. Raking and bagging leaves is a pain in the rear and at this time of year, leaves just keep falling. Good luck!
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:58 AM
 
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Our house is on a 1/2 acre lot with a large wooded area behind us which has many very large trees that blow their leaves on our yard. We are not complaining it is beautiful, except when we have to mow and rake. I HATE mowing and raking and it has spoiled many of our weekends.

I noticed many of our neighbors hire services to mow and rake. 99% of the workers are Hispanic and I have tried to talk to them about how much they charge and non appear to speak English. They just point at the truck with the lawn services telephone number.

Have a larger lot? Do you like to rake leaves and would you outsource the job to a lawn service?
I'd talk with the neighbors and ask questions about how they like the service and costs. Nothing wrong with call the phone number on the truck and if they speak English ask them about their services and see what you think. As for getting the work done, I don't care what language they speak as long as they do good honest work.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Kanada 🍁
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We rake and then mulch them for compost! Think of it as a good exercise...lol We usually get the family together and promise them afterwards a good home-cooked meal with beer...
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:28 AM
 
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I find doing yardwork is therapeutic. I rake, bag, and haul the leaves off to the dump.
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:37 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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I have about a quarter acre and lots of trees, but have no trouble raking them up myself. I enjoy doing yard work!

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Old 11-07-2012, 03:02 PM
 
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We rake and then mulch them for compost! Think of it as a good exercise...lol We usually get the family together and promise them afterwards a good home-cooked meal with beer...
That pile I dump into my woods makes a good worm bed for digging fish worms all spring and summer as long as it doesn't get too dry like last summer. You dip a shovel in normally and come up with many. Between that and going out in the yard after a rain and hunting nightcrawlers, I'm all set.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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So far I rake them, but I like doing it and enjoy getting the exercise. If I get sick of doing it, I'll hire the neighbor's kids to take care of it.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Central CT, sometimes NH.
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I have 1 1/2 acres. Fortunately I'm on the side of a mountain and my property is surrounded by woods. Mother nature takes care of blowing 90% into the woods. I have about 1 1/2 fall clean up.
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