There seems to be two different philosophies on the raking of leaves during the fall months.

The first is to begin raking as soon as the leaves begin to fall. The feeling from those who use this method is that  it is easier to rake small amounts of leaves resulting in less work overall.

The 2nd method is to wait until all the leaves have fallen, then rake one time, and only one time. Sure, they say, there is a lot more to rake and you work up a good sweat, but you do it only once and it’s done. There is also less chance for the raked leaves to find a way back into the yard on a windy day, only to be raked up again.


Luckily our city leaf pickup seems to understand the differing opinions and offer more than one leaf pickup day.

Me, being the lazy gardener that I am, am partial to the second method. Life is too busy to constantly rake leaves, so I wait until the large maples in front of the house finally shed all of their leaves then do one massive raking. It only takes a couple of hours then I’m done for the year! The leaves in the back yard must fend for themselves (I just call it mulch and let it go until spring).


My favorite method of raking leaves goes way back to a simpler time when I was a youngster. We lived out in the country so the wind just blew the leaves away into the woods. No rakes involved at all.

The only cleanup was the basement entrance; called a stairwell. Leaves would collect in there as far up as our knees. We would grab whole armfuls of oak leaves and throw them up and out on the lawn. The rakes only came out when we got to the bottom where the wet, slimy ones were busy composting.


Now, living in the city, I doubt if the neighbors would appreciate it if I left the fallen leaves lay, to dance in the wind and end up as a part of their raking chore. Today the wind is blowing hard and whatever leaves that are still on the trees will be on the ground tomorrow. I’d better plan some time to rake this weekend.



About Jill-O

a girl who likes lakes, trees and critters; making an attempt at living the artistic life.
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5 Responses to RAKING LEAVES

  1. joannethiemehuffman says:

    Like snow, leaves always look good in photos, but aren’t that much fun to deal with.

  2. cathwren34 says:

    Beautiful photo. Fall is so elegant in Michigan…..

    • Jill-O says:

      That is a great descriptive word. Fall is my favorite time of the year, and raking the leaves is a sign that the season has ended. It makes me a little sad.

  3. I have fond memories of raking leaves with my dad, but here in our newish home, we don’t rake. Our trees are small, and their few leaves just blow away. I like having less work, but I do wish I had some to throw into the compost tumblers!

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