So I’ve been raking leaves for the past three days, and I’m not done yet. Our yard is not even that big. The weather has been beautiful, at least, which means not too cold (I hate to be cold).
On our little street, everyone has leaf blowers and we start hearing the whine of them in October (after a week or two reprieve from hearing them blowing grass clippings). We’ve been the one hold-out, preferring leaf removal the old-fashioned way, with a rake. Most of the year we feel a moral superiority. We, at least, are not contributing to the noise pollution of suburbia.
This sense of moral superiority breaks down quickly when we actually have to get out there and rake. Yesterday, as I was struggling to get leaves out of the new patch of landscaping we paid lots of money for early in the summer, I realized that a rake could not efficiently remove the leaves from the stone border next to the house.
At last! An excuse. Moral superiority bit the dust and our new leaf blower arrives on Friday.
What about you? Do you need to rake leaves? How do you do it? Rake or Blower?