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Garden Helpers #2 - Rake Faster

by CtfG Posted 21st Apr 2007 at 5:49 PM - Updated 2nd Apr 2008 at 11:29 AM by CtfG : Update BV & FREETIME info
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Sometimes, the necessary time for a certain action is way too long. For instance, a garden full of flowers and shrubs cannot be tended by the gardener because there are simply too many plants. Or, with Seasons, the time needed to talk an Orchard Tree from yellow to dark green: more than two hours! With this parameters, it is quite impossible to make a living out of seeding and harvesting. The same applies to raking: my sims scratch about twenty times on one spot until finally all leafs are piled up. More than three or four trees mean, the sim is busy from the morning to the evening. This hack reduces the raking to about 4 - 5 times, until all leafs are neatly pulled together. I think this is an acceptable value, especially when there are other plants to be taken care of.

To see what time is actually needed, call up the two screenshots and check Start Time and End Time.

This global hack requires EP5 - SEASONS!

File(s) in ZIP:
1. CtfG_EP5_RakeFaster.package
2. Readme.rtf

Installation / Uninstallation:
To install, simply extract the file(s) into "My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads".
To uninstall, remove or delete the file.

Update 2008-04-02
All Garden Helpers work with EP6 BonVoyage and EP7 FreeTime. No changes necessary.


Conditions & Disclaimer:

This object and all related files are given to the community "as is". During my tests, no problems showed up. However, I cannot guarantee that all functions will work under all circumstances and/or on all computers. Use all files and mod-options at your own risk!

This object shall not be re-posted to any other site. It is (and shall be) available ONLY through If you downloaded this zip-file or any of its contents from any other site, please inform me by sending a private message to CtfG on modthesims2. Thank you.

Feel free to recolor this object and post any recolor to modthesims2, but please include a link to the original object you recolored. Every modder likes to take at least some credits for his/her work, and pretending that you created this mod from scratch will be very bad for your reputation and karma, and it will also have a negative affect on your christmas gifts. Guaranteed.

Have fun with this mod!

CtfG (on MTS2)

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Size: 3.7 KB · Downloads: 23,732 · 21st Apr 2007
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Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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#2 Old 21st Apr 2007 at 6:07 PM
Oh! Yay! Just what I wanted! Thank you!

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The Quiet One
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#3 Old 21st Apr 2007 at 6:08 PM
i love watching my Sims rake leaves, but i can only handle about 2 trees/lot because raking simply takes forever! thanks for this!

Forum Resident
#4 Old 21st Apr 2007 at 6:09 PM
Hah! I usually get so frustrated...I end up turning on "move_objects on" and end up deleting it myself! Thanks.

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Test Subject
#5 Old 21st Apr 2007 at 6:46 PM
Thanks! Double what HP said.
Field Researcher
#6 Old 21st Apr 2007 at 7:43 PM
I was just wishing for this and here it is! Thanks so much!

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Test Subject
#7 Old 21st Apr 2007 at 8:47 PM
Thanks so much, I (like everyone else here it seems) spend to much time raking leaves. Now if I could just find a hack for those confounded weeds. Again Thanks!
Field Researcher
#8 Old 21st Apr 2007 at 8:56 PM
Thank you so much; it doesn't take nearly that long in real life! That was getting annoying very quickly ¬_¬

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#9 Old 21st Apr 2007 at 9:17 PM
Huzzah! Now my Fortune sims can afford the time to have a dozen trees on their lots!

Contemplating making Golden Sun stuff for TS2.
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 21st Apr 2007 at 9:48 PM
It was mind-boggling to have Simmies raking forever! I was ready to delete every tree that could possibly drop a leaf. Thank you so very much!

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The Quiet One
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#11 Old 21st Apr 2007 at 10:46 PM Last edited by daysies : 22nd Apr 2007 at 12:53 AM.
Originally Posted by SPostman
Thanks so much, I (like everyone else here it seems) spend to much time raking leaves. Now if I could just find a hack for those confounded weeds. Again Thanks!

I cheat and use TwoJeffs' perfect gardens hack on MATY. No weeds!,2612.0.html

(psst... are you going to make one for "harvesting faster", too?)

Lab Assistant
#12 Old 21st Apr 2007 at 11:23 PM
Yayyy! Now I can have loads of trees in my lot. This is such a great mod Thanks
Field Researcher
#13 Old 22nd Apr 2007 at 12:36 AM
This will be so helpful, it got annoying how long it took just to rake the leaves.
Field Researcher
#14 Old 22nd Apr 2007 at 3:40 AM
Brilliant! Thank you!! :D
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 22nd Apr 2007 at 3:49 AM
Thank you, the time factors for lots of everyday activities are rediculous. A much needed modification.
Field Researcher
#16 Old 22nd Apr 2007 at 9:00 AM
Good mod! I can't use it, though... I simply don't have fallen leaves to rake, and I'm missing sunsets/sunrises too... *smashes her computer to dust* :cylon:
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 22nd Apr 2007 at 9:16 AM
Thank you very much. So long time lose to see the sim raking leaves, the game became boring.

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Si la matière grise était plus rose, le monde aurait moins les idées noires ...
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#18 Old 22nd Apr 2007 at 10:22 AM
Thanks a *lot*. This is great. And i agree with Daysies, a "harvesting faster" hack would be great too :D
#19 Old 22nd Apr 2007 at 11:00 AM
Thank you CtfG ! This gain of time will be profitable.

All of nature is within us and we are part of all nature (Chief White Cloud)
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#20 Old 22nd Apr 2007 at 11:01 AM Last edited by CtfG : 22nd Apr 2007 at 3:55 PM.
Originally Posted by angel f
Thanks a *lot*. This is great. And i agree with Daysies, a "harvesting faster" hack would be great too :D

*shutting down internet connection, locking all doors and starting to work*

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Edit: Completed. Please check here:

If you need a further reduction of time, just let me know in the other thread

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Field Researcher
#21 Old 22nd Apr 2007 at 6:11 PM
Brilliant! I love the emphasis seasons put on the outdoors, but it wasn't without it's flaws. You're really making things a lot more convenient.
Field Researcher
#22 Old 22nd Apr 2007 at 7:45 PM
Thanks so much, it really was taking far too much time to rake. I had just started using move objects cheat because I couldn't keep up with all the leaves, but then I lost all that compost
This is just great, I can't wait to try it out.

Thanks bunches!

SIMcredible's Painter
Test Subject
#23 Old 22nd Apr 2007 at 9:34 PM
This is so cool!! But does this mean you got the same amount of cleaning skill?

\(^ . ^)/ "Horrei!!"
#24 Old 22nd Apr 2007 at 10:17 PM
Ooooh! Awesome! FINALLY! xD I just made a house with a FOREST on the lot. (And not even a pine tree forest... Birch and willow and all sorts of stuff that have leaves that fall) Then I noticed that, for the environment I want the neighborhood to be, it's going to be fall half the year. xD You just saved my poor sims two years worth of raking... Lol.
Test Subject
#25 Old 23rd Apr 2007 at 4:03 AM
What a tremendous difference in gameplay! How glorious to have my sims spending a mere fraction of their time raking leaves. (Bowing to you and all of your greatness)
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