Saturday, November 08, 2008

Leaf Pile 2008

So it's fall. Obviously, the time when trees shed their leaves and we all have to rake them up. That's what we spent much of this afternoon doing. Some things I noticed:

It used to be everyone was using leaf blowers. I don't know if they realized it takes MORE effort to use a blower than a rake (plus pollutes the environment and kills your ears) or if's totally a fad thing, but I saw only one other person in our neighborhood using a rake. Okay, maybe two. One used a blower and a rake. The rest are using riding mowers or regular mowers with the bags on them to collect all the leaves. I don't know, that still seems like it's not worth it. Run the mower over two rows. Empty bag, walking all the way from the back yard to the front. Dump. Repeat. If you have a riding mower, you can ride to the front, of course, and it will have a bigger collector. But it takes just as much time, it seems.

We do it the old-fashioned way. We rake into a dozen piles, load them onto a tarp, and drag it around to the curb. Usually, our trees are some of the last to drop their leaves, late in November. This year, they're almost bare and we did about three weeks/collections worth of raking at once. Consequently, our pile is much bigger than normal:

That high part in the front is up to my chest.


I've started making a log of my word verifications when I comment on Blogger blogs. They'll make good character names! So far I have Sholosti and Dectio.


Cindy Procter-King said...

I guess it depends on how many trees you have and how big your yard is. Our "yard" is actually two yards, because it's over half an acre that's been subdivided. But it still "looks" like one yard. We use a rider-mower for mowing the lawn and catching the leaves. Our driveway is two-ended, so I borrow my parents' leaf blower to clean the driveway twice a year. I found the leaf blower useless for actually blowing leaves, though.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Yes, absolutely, size of yard matters. I should have made clear that I live in a typical early-60s neighborhood with moderate-sized lots. There are some corner lots even here that I wouldn't want to rake by hand.

Cindy Procter-King said...

Especially if you didn't have a rake and you REALLY had to "rake" them by hand, LOL.

Our yard is early 60's too, but at one point we bought part of the neighbour's yard and then subdivided to create a big empty lot in our "back yard." It's my retirement fund.