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Do you rake or vacuum?

Autumn is in full swing, and the leaves are rapidly changing from luscious shades of green, to a combination of fiery reds, oranges and yellows.

Autumn leaves start out beautiful, but eventually they fall and become a bit of a mess on the lawn. Leaf clearing-up is not a chore most gardeners look forward to.  Just as you gather them together in a nice big pile, the wind whips up and scatters them once again!

At this time of the year we are faced with the option of either leaving all the fallen leaves until the trees are bare, or clearing them up as they fall.

So what do you do?  Do you do little and often or wait and do one job at the end of the season?  Do you rake, sweep, vacuum or blow?  What do you do with all those fallen leaves – bonfire, compost or recycle?

Do you rake or vacuum?

84 people have already voted, what's your opinion? I rake my leaves I use a leaf blower/vacuum

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Barton babe
12th Nov 2016
0
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I do nothing with the leaves that fall on the garden but I do keep the path clear.
I wish our council would clear the leaves from the streets. We have avenues of tree near us. The leaves when dry are ok but when wet or there's a frost, they become slippery.
ecarg
4th Nov 2016
1
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Leaves aren't a problem for me I wish they were.
MorrisandDoris
3rd Nov 2016
1
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We have a gardener fortunately !
sukiesue
31st Oct 2016
2
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I always use a rake and a stiff brush, much quicker than one of those vacuums which are so noisy!
Alicia
31st Oct 2016
3
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Just rake them up, it gives you exercise and saves wasting money on electricity.
Wilf
31st Oct 2016
5
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Many of my neighbours use petrol blowers and the noise is incredible. I agree with you Alice save on petrol and electricity get some exercise and rake them up!
Munsterlander
31st Oct 2016
2
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At my age much simpler to just vacuum them up its so much easier
JohnHerb
31st Oct 2016
3
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Always rake-always have done and always will. Raking up leaves is very therapeutic and a little like farming probably used to be. It takes me back to my "Caveman" status. Not a bad thing in a world totally obsessed with machines. Why a friend of mine even has a robotic electric machine to cut his grass. Its madness! Even more mad as it just wonders over the grass and does not do stripes-"how very unBritish! No stripes on the lawn-well its just not done old boy"
Rant over!
Lionel
31st Oct 2016
2
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JohnHerb .. how very unBritish? I love it! I just love it. 'Must keep up standards, what ole boy?'

I know your post was a parody of past times, but those times made us who we are. British.

We can't be Europeans because we're just not. We're British, toast and thick cut marmalade for breakfast with Indian tea, a liquid lunch with the chaps, afternoon tea with the vicar and dinner, silver service of course! Followed by a stiff brandy in a large balloon and a cigar. If in the right company a game of snooker to follow. Or maybe Bridge if the ladies are present.

Beats a MacDonalds and a Flymo everytime.
JohnHerb
31st Oct 2016
1
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Listen Lionel old chap we used to rake lawns back in the good old days before all these mechanical contraptions made us a nation of softies. I am talking about when my Grandad was in the Royal Navy at 14 and everyone understood the word discipline. Nowadays people cannot even spell it. It was what made this nation of ours Great!
Lionel
31st Oct 2016
2
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I quite agree dear chap, a nation of softies, what? Who needs a bally lawn mower and gardener when sheep are so available, and tasty. Grow the mint oneself, don't you know.

Discipline, my dear chap? Discipline? The young have rights these days, don't you know? We didn't have rights! Six of the best I'd say, what about you?

Returning to a fine Hennessy XO by a log fire.
Dollie
30th Oct 2016
4
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neither I have gardeners 🙂
MrsPat
30th Oct 2016
5
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I vacuum round the house and would like to do that on our little lawn but my hubby rakes them all up every year and puts them in his compost. I love this time of year and also seeing the leaves just gradually falling down. It makes the seasons in Britain so wonderful. Not sure about these dark nights. But we have had a mild autumn so far thank goodness.
Dollie
30th Oct 2016
4
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I love it when the leaves are dry and crispy so I can walk through and crunch them and kick them up in the air 🙂 lol
Wilf
30th Oct 2016
4
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yes real fun takes me back to being kids!

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