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(Some Guy)   Leaves everywhere. What's the best way to pick up a yard full of leaves?   (centerforecotechnology.org) divider line
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2020-10-11 1:07:57 PM  
That's all they do in Westchester this time of year. That's why Trump thinks leaf pick up is needed in California.
 
2020-10-11 1:11:20 PM  
You leave them.  That's why they're called leaves.  Although I do rake my driveway.  Then shovel them into the yard bin.
 
2020-10-11 1:11:32 PM  
Best way? Pay the neighbor kid to do it.
 
2020-10-11 1:13:17 PM  
Mulching blade on the lawnmower
 
2020-10-11 1:19:40 PM  

MissFeasance: Mulching blade on the lawnmower


Agreed.  That's one thing I miss about moving back to the city a couple of years ago.  Somehow mulching the leaves down with the riding mower was just more fun than it is with a push mower.
 
2020-10-11 1:20:10 PM  

MissFeasance: Mulching blade on the lawnmower


This.

I'll never understand why people pay to get rid of free fertilizer.
 
2020-10-11 1:24:55 PM  

MissFeasance: Mulching blade on the lawnmower


We've been doing this for many years with the lawn tractor I bought my wife and it works great. And by we, I mean my wife ...haven't cut the lawn since 1998?
/protip: Buy your wife a good John Deere lawn tractor that has a good steady vibration going on by spending money on a good long-lasting engine.
 
2020-10-11 1:26:56 PM  
Mulching mower is the way to go but if possible you want to wait until they dry out a bit so they take less room. If the leaves are thick on the ground You will want to use the mower bag. You will be emptying the bag constantly though
 
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2020-10-11 1:43:42 PM  

MissFeasance: Mulching blade on the lawnmower


Even if it was to pick them up it was using the mower, it does a great job of chopping them up so they composted faster.
 
2020-10-11 1:45:37 PM  
Do you live near a home depot?  Go to Home Depot, buy two rakes and a mess of biodegradable yard bags.  Then head to the far end of the parking lot to find the inevitable group of Spanish speaking gentlemen looking for work. Offer them $20 each if they'll follow you to your home and rake your yard.
 
2020-10-11 1:59:22 PM  
Has anyone said to mulch that shiat up with your mower?

Because you need to mulch that shiat up with your mower.
 
2020-10-11 2:00:31 PM  
Let them rot, I mean decompose. It's compost FFS.
 
2020-10-11 2:12:01 PM  
I guess clean your driveway. Catalytic converters are hot and will set dry leaves on fire.
 
2020-10-11 2:12:20 PM  

Altimus Prime: Then head to the far end of the parking lot to find the inevitable group of Spanish speaking gentlemen looking for work. Offer them $20 each if they'll follow you to your home and rake your yard.


Is that what They are calling it nowadays?
 
2020-10-11 2:13:09 PM  
Let Ma Nature blow them onto the neighbor's yard...
 
2020-10-11 2:14:21 PM  
I've been on the fence for years about mulching mowers.
 
2020-10-11 2:15:00 PM  
What's the best way to pick up a yard full of leaves?

Hire the Finnish.
 
2020-10-11 2:24:26 PM  
Wind
 
2020-10-11 2:26:53 PM  
I use my riding mower to blow them into a pile. Then I rake them up and dump them into the woods.
 
2020-10-11 2:34:52 PM  
Lawn mower to chop up and a yard vac to pick them up.
 
2020-10-11 2:36:35 PM  

Lambskincoat: I've been on the fence for years about mulching mowers.


The leaves make better mulch than chopped up mowers.
 
2020-10-11 2:40:55 PM  
Get rid of your pile ASAP. They create dog eating vortexs.
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2020-10-11 2:53:19 PM  
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2020-10-11 2:54:19 PM  
gasoline and a match
 
2020-10-11 3:23:21 PM  
Forget the yard. It's a lot easier if you just pick up the leaves alone. The yard is so much heavier.
 
2020-10-11 3:56:08 PM  
Get a pool.  No more raking.

/hire a pool guy.
 
2020-10-11 3:56:12 PM  
Take it outside and beat it with a broom.
 
2020-10-11 4:21:46 PM  
Stop stealing those nutrients from your trees
 
2020-10-11 4:31:36 PM  
Cut the trees down in December. We cut down our weeping willows from the backyard, and it was the best thing we ever did for landscaping. They just sh*t leaves and sticks all over the yard. dWe gave the wood to some neighbors across the street who are downwind from us, so we wouldn't have to smell it when it burned. Willow is a light wood but burns slowly and for a long time because of the water content. And it (along with elm) is stinky
 
2020-10-11 4:37:51 PM  
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2020-10-11 4:38:49 PM  

PainInTheASP: Best way? Pay the neighbor kid to do it.


yup, use slave labor
 
2020-10-11 4:39:27 PM  

italie: MissFeasance: Mulching blade on the lawnmower

This.

I'll never understand why people pay to get rid of free fertilizer.


Seconded. I haven't fertilized or raked my lawn in 30 years. Mowing leaves every 3 days for a few weeks isn't that hard.
 
2020-10-11 4:45:01 PM  
The NIH campus in Bethesda is covered with enormous, ancient oak trees.  They have leaf blowers that use 8-foot-diameter squirrel-cage fans as part of their groundskeeping equipment.  Thing can blow leaves at least 100 feet.
 
2020-10-11 4:52:06 PM  
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/with the right pheromones
 
2020-10-11 4:56:25 PM  
A guy down a ways from me has a yard that's loaded with trees. Every autumn he's out there at least twice every day, slowly walking back and forth with a big leaf-blower in each hand, blowing all his leaves onto his neighbor's property. Jerk.
 
2020-10-11 4:56:59 PM  

FrancoFile: The NIH campus in Bethesda is covered with enormous, ancient oak trees.  They have leaf blowers that use 8-foot-diameter squirrel-cage fans as part of their groundskeeping equipment.  Thing can blow leaves at least 100 feet.


Wow. How big are the squirrels there?
 
2020-10-11 5:00:19 PM  
Ignore it then mulch them down in the spring.
 
2020-10-11 5:22:27 PM  
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I have a nice compost pile in the back lot.  Between the carbon from the leaves and the nitrogen in the grass from my 3 acres of lawn, it's a great ratio that keeps our gardens growing every year.
 
2020-10-11 5:28:57 PM  
Easy.. closing circles in the yard with the riding mower, and a few passes down the middle with the yard vac..  designed and built a lift for the vac, so direct dump into 60 gal. bags..  the mower mulches them.  takes about 30 minutes.
 
2020-10-11 5:37:08 PM  
Well, the secret is to not pick them up, per se....Hire a Boeing 737 Max to taxi down your street and get your neighbors to chip in to blow the leaves into the next block or further down the road.  That will either blow them way up into the air, or suck them into the engine.  Either way, make sure your pets are inside first.
 
2020-10-11 6:00:22 PM  
I got a new woodchipper, looking forward to trying it out on leaves too.
 
2020-10-11 6:05:14 PM  

phalamir: Altimus Prime: Then head to the far end of the parking lot to find the inevitable group of Spanish speaking gentlemen looking for work. Offer them $20 each if they'll follow you to your home and rake your yard.

Is that what They are calling it nowadays?


**Wife watches them work through the window while lightly touching her neck and sternum with lustful eyes**
 
2020-10-11 6:08:22 PM  
Let them be.  A bit of lawn protection over the winter, a bit of nutrients from the rot.  Mulch in the spring.  Pure silliness to go to the effort to remove something beneficial.
 
2020-10-11 6:08:47 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Ignore it then mulch them down in the spring.


That gets you grass mold. Grind them up before the snow flies.
 
2020-10-11 6:19:42 PM  
I remember my local humor columnist writing "Leaves used to fall to the ground and rot. This was fine for thousands of years, and then someone, probably Martha Stewart, decided that they needed to be cleaned up."
 
2020-10-11 6:32:02 PM  
I always did the mulching mower, never had a problem.  Of course, the first 2 weeks of November I was mowing my lawn 2-3 times a week but, hey, beat hell out of raking.  And the grass seemed to like it.
 
2020-10-11 6:37:16 PM  
I was given a non- running Little Wonder 5hp blower several years back. Got it running and it turned leaf cleanup from a weekend job to a few hours. If that thing ever breaks I'm getting another.

But my town picks up leaves at the curb. If that wasn't the case I'm team mulch.
 
2020-10-11 6:44:15 PM  

FrancoFile: The NIH campus in Bethesda is covered with enormous, ancient oak trees.  They have leaf blowers that use 8-foot-diameter squirrel-cage fans as part of their groundskeeping equipment.  Thing can blow leaves at least 100 feet.


Whatever variety of oak are in my neighborhood do not drop their leaves until spring. So I have two leaf herding seasons each year. Mulching lawn mower, leaf blower, and ear muffs.
 
2020-10-11 6:46:00 PM  
We have a pachysandra border that is hell to rake. Everything else is just mowed into mulch.

And by "hell", I mean we pay the lawn service guy. Over 70 has its privileges.
 
2020-10-11 7:45:42 PM  
Have kids.
 
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