The question was unthinkable for many years. Some communities and homeowner associations still legislate for a lawn standard that began in a day when concerns about water and pollinators didn't exist. See my ongoing history and bibliography of lawn critiques and lawn alternatives.
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Fall leaves on lawns block light, reduce air flow, and encourage fungi. Those are just a few of several reasons why November becomes the month of the "leaf blower serenade," a loud song that stirs ill will across the land. But now, battery-powered electric leaf blowers offer more power and a lot less noise. There may even be a few models that handle the demands of landscape crews.