There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods. If the clippings are too long and must be raked, try hand raking. This light aerobic exercise will save you a trip to the gym. If you are adding seed to cover bare spots or a thin lawn, use hardy perennial ryegrass and drought-tolerant liquid weed and feed fescue seed mix. Alternately, reseed with a drought-tolerant, low-maintenance Eco-Lawn seed. For a commercially available, nontoxic “spot treatment” for weeds, we recommend Burn Out Weed and Grass Killer. To learn more, read our article about How to Read the Weeds for a Healthier Lawn.