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Old 11-20-2014, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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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 it—because scientists say so.

Scientists: Be Lazy, Don't Rake Leaves
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Old 11-21-2014, 05:15 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I've done this for years (decades, actually).
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Old 11-21-2014, 05:43 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Yeah, yeah.....

tried that one year and it killed off all the grass. Had to reseed and waste plenty of water to get it back. Never again!
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Old 11-21-2014, 05:45 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Yeah, yeah.....

tried that one year and it killed off all the grass. Had to reseed and waste plenty of water to get it back. Never again!

What they didn't say was that you need to run the mower over the leaves in the lawn and chop them up. I rake them of the yard into the flower beds. Haven't fertilized them for years.
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Old 11-21-2014, 06:58 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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DH DID mulch them...
too many leaves + too much acid = dead grass come spring
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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A green lawn, without dry leaves, is a fire barrier. Surround your house with combustible material and your house could burn - thereby emitting environmentally hazardous fumes.

There is also the other issue of ticks (Lyme Disease and others).

Do yourself and your neighbors a favor by removing the hazards.
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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Living in a forest I have to get rid of the leaves around the house and driveway or I'd be hip deep in them. Worse yet, in the spring, piles of wet leaves tend to be a favorite habitat of chiggers. I think God must have cursed ancient peoples with these things!
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:33 AM
 
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This is a terrible article with good intentions. Mulch the leaves on the lawn, and if you don't have a mulching lower, rake or blow the leaves into ornamental beds.

I'll also add that Newser is not a place to find reliable or indepth articles about your lawn, garden or much else.
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
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the way my property lays out, and the types of trees I have, leaves literally will still be falling in January. To add to that, I'll be raking leaves in MARCH.

Why did I buy a home again?
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:48 AM
 
Location: The Carolinas
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much to the chagrin of my neighbors, I've always subscribed to the saying: "he who rakes last, rakes least".
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