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(Washington Post)   So what's with all these trees losing their leaves every fall, anyway?   (washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2020-09-21 8:30:15 AM  
It's all part of a conspiracy run by Big Rake and Big Leaf Blower. Big Lawn Bag plays a role, too, but to a lesser degree.
 
2020-09-21 8:47:59 AM  
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2020-09-21 9:15:15 AM  
I thought this was going to be another Trump quote article.
 
2020-09-21 9:47:08 AM  
That article is lacking.

The tree pulls back as much good stuff out of the leaves as it can before winter. Then the remaining organic matter of the leaves is dropped where it eventually gets recycled into the soil and can be reabsorbed by the tree roots.

Unless some jackass rakes those leaves up and sends them to the landfill.
 
2020-09-21 9:52:24 AM  
Follow-up article: why does my cat shed all the time?
 
2020-09-21 9:56:07 AM  
Oh my god.
 
2020-09-21 9:56:38 AM  

SoupGuru: Unless some jackass rakes those leaves up and sends them to the landfill.


Fine, I won't rake them. I'll use a leaf blower with a dirty 2-cycle engine instead.
 
2020-09-21 9:57:08 AM  

SoupGuru: That article is lacking.

The tree pulls back as much good stuff out of the leaves as it can before winter. Then the remaining organic matter of the leaves is dropped where it eventually gets recycled into the soil and can be reabsorbed by the tree roots.

Unless some jackass rakes those leaves up and sends them to the landfill.


Agreed.  That is why I always use a gas powered blower to blow them into the street.  It is important to do this frequently so they don't build up (daily is best if possible).  If you can do this around 7:00 a.m. each day, you will allow the grass under the tree to get the most available sun during the day so feel free to start early.
 
d23 [OhFark]
2020-09-21 9:57:17 AM  
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So what's the deal with these trees loosing their leaves every winter?  They are worse than the worst New York litterer... it's awful!
 
2020-09-21 9:57:24 AM  
Taught my kids when the trees don't have leaves you can see tree butts. My wife's not amused.
 
d23 [OhFark]
2020-09-21 9:57:45 AM  

d23: [Fark user image 275x183]

So what's the deal with these trees loosing their leaves every winter?  They are worse than the worst New York litterer... it's awful!


losing.  I just committed the typo I hate the most.. damn
 
2020-09-21 9:59:37 AM  
I actually had a woman ask me where all of the baby birds were in the winter.
As we were tromping through two feet of freshly fallen snow.
 
2020-09-21 9:59:50 AM  

40 degree day: SoupGuru: Unless some jackass rakes those leaves up and sends them to the landfill.

Fine, I won't rake them. I'll use a leaf blower with a dirty 2-cycle engine instead.


I just had to add silly details...
 
2020-09-21 10:00:11 AM  
What's with you losing all your hair subby? Huh!? People ask you about that!?

Jeesh...
 
2020-09-21 10:01:50 AM  

d23: [Fark user image 275x183]

So what's the deal with these trees loosing their leaves every winter?  They are worse than the worst New York litterer... it's awful!


Who are the ad wizards who came up with that?!
 
2020-09-21 10:02:05 AM  
If they don't spend their leaf budget every year they don't get as much leaf money the next year.
 
2020-09-21 10:05:04 AM  

SoupGuru: That article is lacking.

The tree pulls back as much good stuff out of the leaves as it can before winter. Then the remaining organic matter of the leaves is dropped where it eventually gets recycled into the soil and can be reabsorbed by the tree roots.

Unless some jackass rakes those leaves up and sends them to the landfill.


Also add the support and protection of fungus and other "soil" biome/decay inhabitants/nutrient processors and a very small but possibly significant insulating/warming that the blanket of leaves and critters provide.
 
2020-09-21 10:05:43 AM  
TRY TO REMEMBER The Brothers Four-Campfire 14
Youtube LUZpjW7QHGo
 
2020-09-21 10:08:07 AM  
My understanding of leaf biology is as follows:

Leaves are there for the purpose of collecting sunlight, which in turn is used by the plant as the energy needed for photosynthesis.  The tree sends out the leaves, along with new growth (more leaves = mores collected sunlight) for the entirety of the growing season.  The tree will do its best to keep water in these leaves all throughout the season.  When times get tough, the leaves are the first place the tree pulls the water back from.  This is why sometimes, when things are really bad, a tree will drop its leaves early.

The same rule applies when the weather changes, the growing season is over, and keeping water in those leaves is no longer beneficial.  The tree needs to "hibernate" for lack of a better term.  It pulls the water out from its extremities, and closes things down for the cold months when there is less sun, less water that isn't frozen, and waits until conditions improve.

Those leaves, once depleted of water become dry and brittle.  They fall to the ground for their organic material to be used in other places.  Be it food for worms, compressing to soil, clogging gutters, or just blowing all over the place for a few weeks.
 
2020-09-21 10:08:24 AM  
Because that how deciduous trees do.
 
2020-09-21 10:14:09 AM  
WaPo paywalled.  Can we get a Slatesplanation of this inanity?
 
2020-09-21 10:14:20 AM  
Ella & Louis - Autumn in New York (HD)
Youtube 50zL8TnMBN8
 
2020-09-21 10:17:31 AM  
I have two huge silver maples in my yard. I love leaves so much that, once they fall off, I don't rake or mulch, instead I carefully wash and place each individual leaf in its own 1-qt. Ziploc bag and then wait for a rainy day to drive around Minneapolis placing one bag in every open storm sewer and help release them back into nature like they're retiring and going on a well-deserved Mississippi River cruise.
 
2020-09-21 10:21:27 AM  
This is in their section KidsPost. Subby must have missed that. (missed learning about this when he was a kid)
 
2020-09-21 10:22:07 AM  
Subby, we'll get to this after we finally understand magnets.
 
2020-09-21 10:25:34 AM  

d23: d23: [Fark user image 275x183]

So what's the deal with these trees loosing their leaves every winter?  They are worse than the worst New York litterer... it's awful!

losing.  I just committed the typo I hate the most.. damn


After holding tightly to their leaves all summer, in the fall trees let their leaves loose.

See, you weren't (totally) wrong.
 
2020-09-21 10:30:31 AM  
Suicide pact
 
2020-09-21 10:30:38 AM  
Astronauts are moving into the neighborhood and causing all the leaves to start fallin off all our oak trees!
Moon cheese babies!
 
2020-09-21 10:53:03 AM  
Every fall they leave the tree.  Just leaves living up to their name.
 
2020-09-21 10:55:30 AM  

d23: d23: [Fark user image 275x183]

So what's the deal with these trees loosing their leaves every winter?  They are worse than the worst New York litterer... it's awful!

losing.  I just committed the typo I hate the most.. damn


It is correct tho.

verb
gerund or present participle: loosing
set free; release.
"the hounds have been loosed"
 
2020-09-21 10:57:25 AM  

LewDux: Suicide pact


Monty Pythons Meaning of Life - Suicidal Leaves
Youtube vp1HVg_J7QA
 
2020-09-21 10:58:55 AM  

edmo: I thought this was going to be another Trump quote article.


If you'd clicked the article and read it completely (rif), you'd know that this is obviously drumphf's fault! He (specist) defunded the department of agriculture retention department (the DOARD)
 
2020-09-21 11:00:11 AM  
What I want to know is why the leaves from the oaks in the park across the (fairly busy) street have to migrate to my treeless yard to, apparently, reproduce
 
2020-09-21 11:14:35 AM  
I'm pretty sure I learned this already. Back in sixth grade.
 
2020-09-21 11:18:39 AM  
No, I don't wonder. I attended fourth grade.
 
2020-09-21 11:20:12 AM  
I mulch leaves to feed the lawn.
Lawn tractors have cup holders so I can drink bier and play NASCAR turning left.
And sometimes right, because Watkins Glenn.
 
2020-09-21 11:21:42 AM  
How exactly does a posi-trac rear-end on a Plymouth work? It just does.
 
2020-09-21 11:23:41 AM  
CSB:
So I'm in the Army, Fall is in full swing, and some high up General is visiting our building. We'll obviously we can't have him seeing leaves on the ground. So we get to spend the entire day raking leaves. As they are pouring from the trees. We go to lunch, and when we come back you can't tell anything was done. We spend the afternoon raking, and again by the next day when the General is supposed to come, it looks like nothing was done.

Best part is the bastard canceled his trip.
 
2020-09-21 11:27:13 AM  
Keeps them from getting broken in the winter. When there is an early snow before the leaves fall, there are broken branches all over the place. Snow is heavy.
 
2020-09-21 11:51:11 AM  

stinkynuts: edmo: I thought this was going to be another Trump quote article.

If you'd clicked the article and read it completely (rif), you'd know that this is obviously drumphf's fault! He (specist) defunded the department of agriculture retention department (the DOARD)


You know something? It suddenly struck me that I have never seen a "smart" or even an (ironic) "funny" on any of your posts. I may be the only Farker who doesn't have you on ignore.
 
2020-09-21 11:54:29 AM  
Whatta crap article... The leaves of trees that shed are huge to present large areas to the sun during the summer. Y'all notice the evergreens, who shed leaves all year; heavier in early spring to be ready for fresh ones; have thin 'needles' for leaves. The large deciduous tree leaves are a detriment in wind stroms and can, in early fall bring down thiere tree if a strom shows up before the leaves can drop. That's the reason for the leaves falling... these trees must produce as much as possible in the hot summers, because they must do all thiere work while the sun shines because, in the northern tier, winter freezes everything and production is near impossible. The leaves are a sail in a wind strom, and since thiere ain't that much need for them in the frozen winter, they are dropped for the safety of the trees. They also are the source of the energy bringing water and nutrients up the tree for production in summer. It's called "transpiration" and thru, capillary action are what causes flow up the trunk. Pines avoid all this leaf-dropping by having thin leaves that aren't windcatchers, and the pine can continue production thru winter, if it doesn't freeze up.
 
2020-09-21 12:26:31 PM  
Coldcut - Autumn Leaves (No Flames Version)
Youtube 4qoTzDPDvE8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-w​l7X​k5FoY
 
2020-09-21 1:07:14 PM  

MythDragon: CSB:
So I'm in the Army, Fall is in full swing, and some high up General is visiting our building. We'll obviously we can't have him seeing leaves on the ground. So we get to spend the entire day raking leaves. As they are pouring from the trees. We go to lunch, and when we come back you can't tell anything was done. We spend the afternoon raking, and again by the next day when the General is supposed to come, it looks like nothing was done.

Best part is the bastard canceled his trip.


Thank you for your service?
 
2020-09-21 2:35:29 PM  
And it makes for some AWESOME photo opportunities.  We have one cemetery that is my favorite
for fall colors.  FULL of maple trees.

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2020-09-21 3:09:16 PM  
Trees are lazy
 
2020-09-21 3:41:42 PM  

Oliver Twisted: SoupGuru: That article is lacking.

The tree pulls back as much good stuff out of the leaves as it can before winter. Then the remaining organic matter of the leaves is dropped where it eventually gets recycled into the soil and can be reabsorbed by the tree roots.

Unless some jackass rakes those leaves up and sends them to the landfill.

Agreed.  That is why I always use a gas powered blower to blow them into the street.  It is important to do this frequently so they don't build up (daily is best if possible). If you can do this around 7:00 a.m. each day, you will allow the grass under the tree to get the most available sun during the day so feel free to start early.



Oh, cool. Now that I know there is a scientific basis for this behavior, I'll stop poking pins into the voodoo doll I made of my neighbor. He's just big on lawn order.
 
2020-09-22 10:05:22 AM  

Harlee: I may be the only Farker who doesn't have you on ignore.


Sounds about right! Anyone that disagrees with you, just ignore! Nobody could possibly have anything insightful to add or strike up a meaningful conversation/debate. Things just feel safer when everyone you converse with 100% agrees.

/media told me orangemanbad!
//next 4 years are gonna be rough :D
 
2020-09-22 10:21:46 AM  

stinkynuts: Harlee: I may be the only Farker who doesn't have you on ignore.

Sounds about right! Anyone that disagrees with you, just ignore! Nobody could possibly have anything insightful to add or strike up a meaningful conversation/debate. Things just feel safer when everyone you converse with 100% agrees.

/media told me orangemanbad!
//next 4 years are gonna be rough :D


I see you smarted your own post.
 
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