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We are getting into the thick of fall which means the leaves are falling in full force. This is the time of the year where you wish you had a couple of kids around to rake up the leaves for you! However, we are not all fortunate enough to have free labor hanging around. For the majority of us we either have to stick to using a leaf blower or rakes. Which one should you be using? Read through the pros and cons of using a leaf blower or rake before you decide.

Leaf Blower Cons –

  • Leaf blowers are noisy. When using a leaf blower you need to wear sound-deadening ear protection so you do not incur any damage to your ears.
  • Leaf blowers cause more air damage than a rake.

Leaf Blower Pros –

  • Leaf blowers are efficient. They get the job done.
  • Leaf blowers are more forgiving on the back. Do you have back problems? If so we recommend using a leaf blower over a rake.

Rake Cons – 

  • Raking might be more environmentally friendly however back problems can arise from raking.
  • Raking is a strenuous exercise so if you are not properly conditioned strains, sprains and even heart attacks can occur.
  • Raking is a lot of work. Combined with the cons above, raking takes more time and energy to complete than using a leaf blower.

Rake Pros – 

  • Raking is exercise so you can substitute it for going to the gym.
  • Raking is the best option if you are environmentally conscience.
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Now that fall is upon us it is time to start preparing for next spring. It is time to prepare for the long winter so come spring our lawns are looking lush a green. Take advantage of the cool temperatures to to fertilize for the winter, kill weeds, lay sod and remove fallen leaves.

Fertilize – If you live in the North, fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn. Cool-season grasses respond well to fertilization in early September and again in late fall. It helps them green up earlier and look better in spring. The type of fertilizer that you use is very important.

Kill the weeds – Fall is the best time for weed control. Try using a spray for the best effect when the temperature is cooler and soil is moist.

Lay sod – Laying sod works the best during the spring or fall seasons. Moderate temperatures and moist soil provide the best circumstances to get sod off to a good start.

Remove fall leaves – Remove fall leaves by raking them or mulching them because they can suffocate your lawn. Moreover leaves matting your lawn can lead to disease and insect problems. You can use a mulching mower to shred the leaves up into tiny bits to return to the top of your lawn. If there is an excessive amount of leaves rake them up and compost them.