new grass vs. need to rake a lot of leaves?

huangoAugust 11, 2008

Hello,

I hope you can help.

How to handle having to rake up fallen leaves on new baby grass?

We have a ton of oak/maple trees that lose all their leaves between October and December. You can't imagine how much raking we do in the Fall. We just moved in last year.

Well, we need to plant grass seed for the front/side yard.

The front has been taken over by ?wild violets and weeds. The side doesn't grow any grass, but moss.

So we plan to plant grass seeds early September, so that really only gives us 1month before the leaves fall.

My plan is to remove weeds, aerate, put down topsoil/compost, seed, water, and baby the new grass.

But what am I to do when the leaves fall? I can't leave them there, because they'll block out sunlight (yes, we have a lot of leaves).

I don't want to drive over it w/ our lawn-tractor to suck up the leaves, killing the new growth. Even raking involves walking on it.

Would love your advice per your experience, etc.

thank you very much,

Amanda

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wiley_gardener

Would a leaf blower work? It might be easier on your new grass than a rake.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 3:27PM
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skizot(5b)

wiley_gardener said:
Would a leaf blower work? It might be easier on your new grass than a rake.

That's exactly what I was thinking. Maybe you could blow the leaves off of that area, and onto an area that you could walk on/mow to collect them.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 3:57PM
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egghead2004(5/Central MA)

Yup, that's what I did in October 2005, used a leaf blower.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2008 at 11:13AM
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lou_midlothian_tx(z8 DFW, Tx)

blow them to one spot where you can turn leaves into compost.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2008 at 11:25AM
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