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(Providence Journal)   Is raking the leaves good for your lawn, or is it a big waste of time and goddamit, I had shiat planned for this afternoon, mom Rake your own goddamn leaves. Goddamn, it's not like leaves didn't decompose for 4.5 billion years anyway, jeez   (providencejournal.com) divider line
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287 clicks; posted to Discussion » on 09 Nov 2021 at 2:35 PM (26 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-11-09 12:28:24 PM  
"GTFO mom, it's a lawn not a living room carpet I have important things to do." I will not get any monies when she dies.
 
2021-11-09 12:30:12 PM  
Leaves create both an insulating, and nutrient layer over grass, and when they're cleared in spring, are almost all compost that can then be stored and distributed as needed over the summer.

I used to leave my yard covered all winter, and clean it up in March, and had the nicest lawn in the neighborhood.

Then, I got married, and Mrs Farkie couldn't stand seeing them, so every fall since, it's been clearing them off, watching the lawn die, and progressively get less healthy every season.
 
2021-11-09 12:49:32 PM  
I've got a big-ass maple in my back yard.  I do a 50/50 thing where I rake once and let the township take the leaves away, and then I'll mulch the remaining ones that fall right before the snow flies.

I'd mulch the whole lot of em, but the sheer volume of leaves would gain sentience and attempt to take over the neighborhood.
 
2021-11-09 1:24:29 PM  
I live at the top of a hill, with only pine trees inside my property line.  I am the only person that always has clogged gutters, just full of leaves.  My yard is also covered in leaves.

I think my neighbors blow their leaves up to my yard.  It just ain't right.
 
2021-11-09 1:38:23 PM  
Mow the shiat out of those mother-farkers. Leave them.  All good.
 
2021-11-09 1:41:11 PM  
My mom is a very active 82 y/o (Stay off the ladder Mom!), she takes care of her lawn, mows her big yard herself.

But, when the leaves start falling, she leaves it alone.  Copperheads seem to really love hanging out under them.   A lot of them  (she came up on a nest of baby copperheads, they ain't that cute).   Thankfully she lives out in the country so no neighbors to give her the side eye on her lawn care choices.   I can't remember if it was copperhead or rattlesnake that bit her years ago, but snakes...serious business.
 
2021-11-09 2:52:58 PM  
Dan Sandor, a postdoctoral researcher of turfgrass science


I want to hear the story of Dan's career progression.  That's a hell of a niche.
 
2021-11-09 2:54:10 PM  
Well, I got a bunch of roaches that are living in my lawn and I know 2 things.  They can hide in the leaves and the farkton of poison I'm soaking my lawn with won't necessarily go all the way down.  I'm raking for murder.
 
2021-11-09 2:57:42 PM  
Is the article dumb or are composting sites not as common as I think why are?  I don't know anyone that takes leaves to a landfill.
 
2021-11-09 3:00:55 PM  
I have over 20 mature oaks and maples in my front yard. That's way too many leaves to leave on the ground. We made a family event out of raking them up when the kids were younger. Now my lawn guy blows them into the woods out back.
 
2021-11-09 3:08:10 PM  
The new house only has a couple of trees to deal with. I have to clean the gutters more often than I have to rake the yard.
 
2021-11-09 3:21:57 PM  
I raked leaves once in my entire life and that was a neighbors yard as a kid just to have a small pile to jump into. Living in AZ with only palm trees and a rock yard can be boring this time of year.
 
2021-11-09 3:44:13 PM  
Don't rake (unless you have a LOT of trees). Mow them with a mulching mower. That way the bits and pieces all settle down between the grass and become mostly compost by April.

/I put down winterizer after the last mulch/mowing in November
 
2021-11-09 3:44:34 PM  
I like my 2-stroke leaf blower. 7am Saturday I'm out there in the blue cloud of pointless suburban stupidity.
 
2021-11-09 4:01:07 PM  

gunther_bumpass: I like my 2-stroke leaf blower. 7am Saturday I'm out there in the blue cloud of pointless suburban stupidity.


DAMN IT BOB, SATURDAY IS MY ONE DAY OFF. CAN'T YOU GIVE ME UNTIL AT LEAST 9?!?
 
2021-11-09 4:11:24 PM  
If I don't rake the leaves I can't find the dog poop in order to clean it up.   Out-of-sight-out-of-mind does not work for dog poop.
 
2021-11-09 4:40:13 PM  
I moved to the outskirts of my town and the new neighborhood is outside of the city and it's rules. They farking burn their leaves like third world refugees and not just the leaves, but all kinds of garbage including cardboard and treated construction lumber. Toxic smoke blankets the neighborhood like a London fog...smells like ass.  You can't enjoy your yard or entertain guests indoors or out on  account of it. The locals seem to love it and cherish the practice as " heritage". C antaget them intetested in mulching their leaves or using a recycler. I've contemplated offering to pay people to not burn, or to pick up their bagged leaves and drop them off at a composting facility for them, at my own expense.
 
2021-11-09 4:40:51 PM  

madgonad: Don't rake (unless you have a LOT of trees). Mow them with a mulching mower.



This right here, though I would replace "unless" with "especially if".

Even a non-mulching mower will shred dry leaves enough to accelerate their decomposition nicely.

The mower won't work as well on wet leaves, but it should allow you to shred them a bit and spread them out so they will dry. (No bagging, wet or dry, obviously.)
 
2021-11-09 5:39:25 PM  

gunther_bumpass: I like my 2-stroke leaf blower. 7am Saturday I'm out there in the blue cloud of pointless suburban stupidity.


So you're going to end up on fark after your neighbor shoots you at 7:04 am?
 
2021-11-09 6:45:23 PM  

Gramma: If I don't rake the leaves I can't find the dog poop in order to clean it up.   Out-of-sight-out-of-mind does not work for dog poop.


You are right about that. Leaves are perfect camouflage for my 60 lb dog offerings. 30 seconds after he poops them on our morning dog outings in the neighborhood I can hardly find them. OTOH I steal bags of the neighbors leaves to cover the bare dirt in our treed back yard. It really keeps the mud down on our stupid white carpets that after 20 years now are now in a loving dog relationship.
 
2021-11-09 6:48:01 PM  

Gramma: If I don't rake the leaves I can't find the dog poop in order to clean it up.   Out-of-sight-out-of-mind does not work for dog poop.


You are finding it wrong. Just take a twenty foot walk in your yard and it will find you.
 
2021-11-09 7:11:21 PM  

Any Pie Left: I moved to the outskirts of my town and the new neighborhood is outside of the city and it's rules. They farking burn their leaves like third world refugees and not just the leaves, but all kinds of garbage including cardboard and treated construction lumber. Toxic smoke blankets the neighborhood like a London fog...smells like ass.  You can't enjoy your yard or entertain guests indoors or out on  account of it. The locals seem to love it and cherish the practice as " heritage". C antaget them intetested in mulching their leaves or using a recycler. I've contemplated offering to pay people to not burn, or to pick up their bagged leaves and drop them off at a composting facility for them, at my own expense.


I live in a township so I know what you deal with. I personally mulch mine but in the autumn mornings I can't immediately tell if it's fog or smoke until I open the door.
 
2021-11-09 7:25:43 PM  

madgonad: Don't rake (unless you have a LOT of trees). Mow them with a mulching mower. That way the bits and pieces all settle down between the grass and become mostly compost by April.

/I put down winterizer after the last mulch/mowing in November


^^^ This! ^^^

Getting a kick since I ran my mulching mower around my back yard this afternoon and tomorrow I'll deal with the cherry maple in the front yard that has switched to dropping all of it's leaves in mass.  Cleaned up the front yard on Sunday but you can't tell two days later.
 
2021-11-09 8:27:39 PM  
came here to have my viewpoint justified, leaving a sad panda.

It depends on the trees.  I have a lot of oaks of the type (I forget if water or other) whose leaves just do not decay - def not in a 1 year timescale.  Mulching mower?  Now you have a lawn covered in non-decomposing chunks vs whole leaves and using the mowing raker to pick them up became that much harder.

Also as stated above, various pest (fire ant, I'm looking at you!) treatments need to be able to soak into the soil.  Leaves prevent that.

I used to rake them all up with the mower and dump them on my garden.  That was until I realized they really don't decompose for years, they do it just enough to make a really horrific mat smothering my garden.  Into the woods they go!
 
2021-11-09 11:56:20 PM  
But if you don't rake your leaves, your lawn will catch fire and burn down the entire neighborhood.
 
2021-11-10 6:27:04 AM  

EnzoTheCoder: I've got a big-ass maple in my back yard.  I do a 50/50 thing where I rake once and let the township take the leaves away, and then I'll mulch the remaining ones that fall right before the snow flies.

I'd mulch the whole lot of em, but the sheer volume of leaves would gain sentience and attempt to take over the neighborhood.


Ditto. Too many oak leaves throw off the ph of the soil and harm the grass, so I rake the mother lode of leaves that all seem to fall at once to the curb for the city to vacuum up, and then mulch what remains into the soil. The maple leaves out back... I rake those into low spots in the yard and mulch them to slowly build up soil year after year.
 
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