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(Mother Nature Network)   The science behind why you shouldn't worry about raking the leaves in your yard and instead stay inside watching football all day   (mnn.com) divider line 6
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2013-11-28 09:13:38 AM
3 votes:
It didn't say not to worry about them, you lazy bum, it says to mulch them.
2013-11-28 11:36:25 AM
1 votes:
Well, since we're sharing here...

I have a very large yard by suburban standards.  A very large, tree filled yard that is 2 houses from the forest known as the Cleveland Metroparks.  It is a wonderful place in the summer - the social gathering point for many friends and relatives during that time of year.  Alas, I am an admitted leaf Nazi.

Left untouched (such as the empty house on our street), the pile of maple leaves would be 4-8 inches deep until snow turned them into a permafrost layer until spring.  Simply mulching them would result in a similar, albeit thinner, layer.  The amount of leaves is too overwhelming for simply using a bagging lawnmower, even the riding variety.  The bag/hopper would need to be dumped constantly.  Therefore, fall leaf cleaning is the price we pay for having a big park all summer long.

It is a war.  I lose some battles, but I win the war.  I am armed.  A gas leaf blower, a large tarp, and a riding mower (before it's too muddy back there) keep me ahead of the tree-dwelling simpletons.  I have allies.  Our city has curbside leaf removal (no bags) and the neighbor and I have created a compost pile (current dimensions: 45 feet long, 8 feet wide, 4 feet tall - all leaves).

I live by one driving thought on the matter: The only thing worse than cleaning leaves in the fall is cleaning leaves in the spring.

/Happy Thanksgiving
//CSB
2013-11-28 10:50:59 AM
1 votes:
It's the fall. They're supposed to be down there. Look good, too.
2013-11-28 10:00:12 AM
1 votes:
I've done this for years.  My neighbor the lawn Nazi hates me. He hires a crew to come in 2 or 3 times each fall to rake and remove leaves, then he spends hours with his leaf blower shooting any stragglers into my yard.  I just raise the blade on the mower half an inch and grind them up.

Both lawns are covered in snow now so he can't grind his teeth over the leaf bits in my lawn anymore.
2013-11-28 09:46:47 AM
1 votes:
Just how are you supposed to stuff them into bags to mulch if you don't rake them first?
2013-11-28 09:13:18 AM
1 votes:
I live in an area that is very windy in the winter, so I never need to rake all the leaves that fall from our trees. I have no idea where they go...somewhere there is a guy whose entire house must be mulched.
 
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