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Old 10-26-2014, 12:41 AM   #1
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I hate leaves club


I just joined the I hate leaves club.
Spent several hours cleaning up leaves today. 3 pickup loads.
I HATE LEAVES
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Old 10-26-2014, 01:00 AM   #2
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I feel your pain.

25 years in the oak forests of N.E. Pa has made me enjoy the splash of color they bring to the driveway and lawn in October. Now we don't drag out the rakes and tarps until after Halloween. It just eats up too much time to go at it a dozen times. And it eats up my fast-fading energy level too.
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Old 10-26-2014, 01:28 AM   #3
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I'm with y'all.

Grew up in Oklahoma....never understood this raking leaves business as we didn't have that many trees around the house and the wind took care of them.

Now live in south Jersey....surrounded by oak trees.....

I try to clear them out every week to 2 weeks. If I tried to leave it until after Halloween or try to do it just once I wouldn't have any grass left. Especially if it rains. :P
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Old 10-26-2014, 01:47 AM   #4
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I thought you were talking about the leaves on our aquatic plants, I went .
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Old 10-26-2014, 02:21 AM   #5
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Hahaha. I have four maple trees. I just blow the leaves out into the street and the city comes by and takes them away for free.
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Old 10-26-2014, 02:26 AM   #6
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Mower with a bag makes life much easier if you don't wait until they have all fallen.
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Old 10-26-2014, 02:30 AM   #7
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Hahaha. I have four maple trees. I just blow the leaves out into the street and the city comes by and takes them away for free.

I live in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, I leave em in the yard and let mother nature get rid of them with her high wind rake and decomposition shredder

The only thing I "hate" about them is cleaning them out from under my wind shield wipers every time I go some where.
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Old 10-26-2014, 03:00 AM   #8
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What a waste. Pile them up in a corner and let them decompose. Add in kitchen scraps (veggie only no meat) and in a few months you have black gold. Earthworms will abound in the pile adding great worm castings. Throwing them away is nutz.
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Old 10-26-2014, 03:31 AM   #9
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What a waste. Pile them up in a corner and let them decompose. Add in kitchen scraps (veggie only no meat) and in a few months you have black gold. Earthworms will abound in the pile adding great worm castings. Throwing them away is nutz.
Take a ride out on route 80 or north on 15 and 206 and then cross the river. These are mature oak forests. Oak leaves take eons to break down even after being "mulched", and what they do to soil Ph makes almond leaves look wimpy. I haul dozens of tarps full of leaves out to the woods. DOZENS. I dump a few tarp-fulls over the garden and run the mover over them. Any more than that and I'd be adding lime by the barrel-full in spring.

Just wait for the majority to come down, haul them out to the woods. Any lawn worth its' weight in fertilizer won't melt under a blanket of leaves for a month. Obviously, some attention to weather forecasts is warranted. Was it the year before last we got a foot of snow in mid-October? But that was it. it was gone in a week and we raked after that.
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Old 10-26-2014, 07:41 PM   #10
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I raked yesterday. Today the yard looks like I never touched it. *whines* Why can't the leaves stay on the trees, where they look pretty, instead of falling all over my yard?

I wish my suburban house had a spot for a leaf compost pile, but it doesn't. Why didn't I buy a condo? A nice, no yard work condo? Too late now! *picks up rake*
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Old 10-27-2014, 02:43 PM   #11
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I don't like it either and I have leaves like you can not believe. I bought a sweeper to pull behind my mower. It has taken a lot of work off my front yard but my back yard very steep and it has to be done by hand. The worst is the walnuts that fall off the trees. I could of filled three pickups with just them.

But just remember for me just being outside and enjoying the weather with winter coming it could be worst and removing snow sucks too.
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Old 10-27-2014, 03:06 PM   #12
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I use a blower and blow all the leaves into the street. The wind and rain takes care of the rest. I know, I'm bad...
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