To Rake or not to Rake: Here is one answer

Raking the leaves of autumn is an honoured Canadian pastime.  But a fierce controversy erupted last week when a nature group (not Nature Canada!) urged Canadians not to rake their leaves. According to this group, leaving the leaves creates habitat for insects, birds and small mammals, and the decomposing leaves nourish the soil with nutrients as well. Landscape companies disagreed with this recommendation, observing that massed layers of leaves covering lawns deprive emerging grass shoots of light resulting in patchy blotchy-looking lawns. Both sides of the argument are right.  Luckily, Nature Canada has a solution to this vexing problem. On a dry autumn day, use your lawnmower and run over the leaf-covered lawn. Preferably a push mower, but electrical and… read more →