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Old 11-22-2014, 01:42 AM
 
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Lawns are a waste of water period.
I guess we could say the same about parks. It's all subjective.
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Old 11-22-2014, 03:05 AM
 
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Fine by me, I never rake anyway, it's work and I'd rather not, frankly. I hate yard maintenance work. I already work at a job, why in the world would I want to do more work at home, which is supposed to be where I get to relax after coming home from work? It's just leaves, not toxic waste from a sewage plant.

I sure as heck am not going to rake because is satisfies the neighbors. I rather imagine that my yard isn't any of their business.
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Old 11-22-2014, 03:24 AM
 
Location: Ouachita Mtns of Arkansas
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Scientists need to stop telling us what to do. They change the results of their studies every few years anyway.
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Old 11-22-2014, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Your honey-do list just got one item shorter, and you can tell your spouse he or she can't argue itóbecause scientists say so.

Scientists: Be Lazy, Don't Rake Leaves
Well this makes good sense and hubby loves the idea. The only problem the yard looks awful. We do not have a decent leaf blower so are trying to hire someone to do it, but so far, they are all so busy they do not even call back.
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Old 11-22-2014, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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Leaves that are left on the lawn end up killing the grass underneath. I tried it last year and have bare spots in the lawn now. This year, I am raking and chopping up the piles with my lawn mower, then using the chopped leaves to build up new flower beds. If you keep on top of it every few days it's manageable. Waiting until all the leaves fall from the trees can be overwhelming, especially in a yard like mine that is filled and surrounded by trees.
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC (zone 7b)
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Shred, shred, shred, chomp, chomp, chomp, compost!
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:17 AM
 
Location: zippidy doo dah
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I've been raiding my neighbors' curbside leaf piles since my trees had not yet dropped the mother lode. Carted them back to my house and covered various landscaping beds with them. Periodically, I turn some of the leaves into the soil, then cover with the remaining leaves.

Now that my leaves are dropping, I'm mulching those with the mower, moving any major piles to the same landscaped beds. In early spring I'll test the soil to see what amendments I need to make but in the meantime, I pour just about everything into the various beds and give the soil a turn again.

This is somewhat an experiment for my more formal beds, but I know that the most magical plant producing part of my yard is the area where leaves have blown and sat for endless years prior to my buying the house.
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:45 AM
 
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I also use a mixed approach. I mulch into the grass as it is being mowed, but when there are too many leaves, I rake, chop (mulch) and put them into my beds. I keeps a bag of dry, mulched leaves in the garage to add to my kitchen waste composter during the year. I consider putting bags on the curb to be a last resort. I am most likely to do that only in the spring, when the live oak sheds, and the leaves are not as easy to compost.
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Old 11-22-2014, 08:07 AM
 
Location: I am right here.
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I thought the purpose of raking leaves into a pile was so that children could jump on them and play in the leaves..?
Ummmmmm, you would not want to jump in any leaves anywhere near where my dog has walked. He LOVES to mark leaves with his pee. We walk a LOT, so he has peed on a lot of leaves.
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Old 11-22-2014, 08:09 AM
 
Location: I am right here.
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Fine by me, I never rake anyway, it's work and I'd rather not, frankly. I hate yard maintenance work. I already work at a job, why in the world would I want to do more work at home, which is supposed to be where I get to relax after coming home from work? It's just leaves, not toxic waste from a sewage plant.

I sure as heck am not going to rake because is satisfies the neighbors. I rather imagine that my yard isn't any of their business.
It would be a great way to release your seemingly constant rage and anger.

Also, you do realize that maintaining a home and yard does require work, right? Yet more invaluable lessons your children are not learning from you. smh.
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