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Rake the Yard
Raking leaves isn't just a matter of tidiness—it's actually crucial to the survival of your lawn and garden. Clear away leaves so your lawn can absorb precious winter sunshine, prevent the development of mold and detract the attention of pests like termites. Use fallen leaves as protective compost around shrubs, trees and landscaping beds. You can make raking and relocating leaves easy by simply collecting leaves on a tarp and dragging them to their new destination.

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