If time isn't an issue, what does a better or more effective job for spring cleanup? When I use the word "spring cleanup" I mean picking up some old leaves and thatch. I would think a rake would be better for it would sort of aerate the soil and fluff up the grass. I am a homeowner so again time isn't an issue. I don't own a back pack blower but I am looking into purchasing one. I raked my lawn which is almost an acre and it was some job. I watched the guy that my neighbor's hired and he was just using a back pack blower. Again, I am just talking about one person doing this type of job. I do believe that two people (one rake/one blow) can do a much more thorough job, but I do most of the yardwork at my house. Wife deals with kids and inside jobs.