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1100 clicks; posted to STEM » on 18 Oct 2020 at 9:09 AM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-10-18 2:56:42 PM  
6 votes:

paulleah: tedthebellhopp: If you leave the leaves then the ground doesn't freeze as deep and you get grubs in the spring. Skunks will rip your yard up in the spring.

Yay skunks!


One of those stories you never live down. One evening I was sitting in a lawn chair on a family camping trip in Nova Scotia, and a skunk came out of the woods.

He padded up to me, and started snuffling my ankles...

"MEEP!" didn't dare react. AAAH! TICKLY WHISKERS!!! SO TICKLY!!!!

Then he ran off. "Gallumph gallumph gallumph." Little fat black and white bottom receding into the woods.

To this day, my sister claims my feet were so stinky they scared a skunk. I shall be hearing about that one forever.
 
2020-10-18 9:44:07 AM  
5 votes:
Article actually says to chop up the leaves not just leaf them there.
 
2020-10-18 2:29:19 PM  
3 votes:
Obligatory:

The Dead Milkmen - Stuart
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2020-10-19 12:45:34 AM  
2 votes:

Cerebral Knievel: Anubislg: Leaf Blower + Leaf/Branch shredder = tons of mulch by next spring!

Kinda surprised about the lack of mention of leaf/branch shredders though. Having a huge terrifying hopper to put things into speeds up the process a ton.

I also have a gas powered, walk behind yard vacuum.
It also has a port for small branches.
Its lime what you are describing, except lawnmower shaped.

I find it works best on sidewalks, but the branch port does get a workout


A giant branch shredder? Lime? I have a...trunk with limbs attached that I'm trying to get rid of.
 
2020-10-18 7:59:51 PM  
2 votes:
STELLA'S BEST LEAF JUMPS OF ALL TIME
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2020-10-18 6:21:17 PM  
2 votes:
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2020-10-18 3:47:37 PM  
2 votes:
My lawn seemed to invite worms and grubs. This would attract moles. Their tunnels didn't really appear till I mowed the lawn.

I got something like a road flare advertised to kill moles. Maybe it did, I didn't see any afterwards, but it did kill everything in about a ten foot circle. The grass took a couple of years to grow back.
I didn't want to do that again and talking to my veterinary neighbor who said to put some sticks of juicey fruit gum into the tunnel. The moles are attracted to it, but can't digest it and they die of an intestinal blockage.

I had a moral dilemma. That's got to be a horrible way to go, and the moles are just being moles.

So I started letting the cat out. He brought back field mice, house mice, rabbits, snakes, squels and something I couldn't identify, except by the number of teeth, it might have been a possum. After we found feathers in the yard, he got the biggest and loudest bell we could find.

Never saw a dead mole, but it apparently left the yard.

Now I have a serial killer in the house. He only comes in for a snack, to use the litter box, and a warm place to sleep.
 
2020-10-18 12:10:47 PM  
2 votes:

DVD: MindStalker: Article actually says to chop up the leaves not just leaf them there.


Isn't there some kind of Fark penalty for showing that you've actually read and comprehended the article?  Fark-heretic!!!


-1 for ignoring my leaf pun.
 
2020-10-18 6:16:31 PM  
1 vote:

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Let's see... SoCal, leaving dry leaves around forever... Smokey The Bear says no thanks

/were it not like that, they could stay right where they dropped mostly and it'd be fine with me


I mow mine into my 15" x 15" patch of courtesy lawn as mulching to reduce water loss.  The original landscaping decisions in my early '80s subdivision were so very very stupid.

"Let's put deciduous water-hungry sycamore trees and kentucky bluegrass in a place that gets ten inches of rain per year!"

I've been slowly reducing the patch of grass every few years by adding a new succulent or drought-resistant perennial area.... but that f*cking tree.  Its only redeeming feature is that it has good branches to put up holiday decorations.


/can't wait to rip that dead branch-dropping mother-f*cker out and put in an olive or California laurel tree.
 
2020-10-18 2:41:06 PM  
1 vote:

tedthebellhopp: If you leave the leaves then the ground doesn't freeze as deep and you get grubs in the spring. Skunks will rip your yard up in the spring.


Yay skunks!
 
2020-10-18 11:35:50 AM  
1 vote:
I bought a chipper shredder and I'm going to have enough compost to fertilize Mars.
 
2020-10-18 11:03:56 AM  
1 vote:
This so varies by location, but Treehugger isn't exactly science.

Here in the NorthEast our trees are primarily oak. Oak leaves heavily acidify the ground. Without liberal applications of lime each year (not what you would call earth-friendly) grass will not grow.

In addition we have tick populations (ever heard of Lime disease?) that will winter-over in thick piles of leaves, protected from the freezing temperatures that can reduce their population.

This is bad science. Junk science. Get your science from real publications, not from the same places that tell you to make your own soap and hug trees for happiness.
 
2020-10-18 10:10:20 AM  
1 vote:
The city or HOA will fine you.
Because they can.
 
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