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OldRoses said,

Friday, October 27. 2006 at 17:26 (Link) (Reply)

I rake my leaves into my gardens for protection over the winter. Then I bag them in the spring. My composter is too small to handle the volume of leaves that my neighbors' trees produce (and get blown into my yard).
Colleen said,

Saturday, October 28. 2006 at 08:50 (Link) (Reply)

Hi OldRoses,

They still don't go to waste that way. And I'm guessing that they've shrunk quite alot in volume after being in the beds all winter. I totally understand the lack of space in the composter issue. That's why I started trying just leaving them where they are in some cases, digging them into the veggie garden, etc.---otherwise, I'd have to have like 5 compost piles. Although...Imagine all that leaf mold :-)

Thanks!
Christa said,

Friday, October 27. 2006 at 18:47 (Link) (Reply)

Oh, I am so with you on this! I don't have a yard of my own (I live in an apartment), so my thing is that I can't it stand when the landscapers come and use leaf blowers to blow a few leaves off the sidewalks. I mean, I guess it could be a safety issues if there were a lot of leaves and they were wet and slippery. But no. Most of the time it's a few leaves that I guess the building owners think look too "messy." Then they blow the leaves onto the street... just so a bus can go by and blow them all back on the sidewalk. Drives me nuts. Why can't they just leave the leaves alone?
Colleen said,

Saturday, October 28. 2006 at 08:55 (Link) (Reply)

Hi Christa,

I can't stand leafblowers in general...too noisy. Aren't people funny? You almost wonder if some have too much time on their hands :-)

Thanks for stopping by!
Xris (Flatbush Gardener) said,

Friday, October 27. 2006 at 23:21 (Link) (Reply)

I rescued four huge plastic bags of leaves Thursday night from my neighbors. Almost everyone on the block subscribes to a lawn service who do the usual: use loud gas-powered mowers and edge trimmers once a week, and rake up and bag every leaf.

All me leaves are going into large piles in the backyard for the winter. I'll have some beautiful leafmold in the Spring.
Colleen said,

Saturday, October 28. 2006 at 08:58 (Link) (Reply)

Hi Xris,

That's where a lot of mine are going too! I'm always amazed at how small those gigantic piles of leaves shrink by spring.

Rescuing leaves---I've been tempted to do that, even though I probably have enough of my own. In our neighborhood people rake their leaves to the curb and a big vac truck comes once a week and sucks them up. Although, some people still insist on bagging them.

Thanks for stopping by!
Sandy said,

Saturday, October 28. 2006 at 11:28 (Link) (Reply)

I'm afraid I am a little of both leaf personalities. I am a groundsperson at a resort. This resort is located in a native maple tree forest. I am not talking about a few leaves here. Since I am the only gardener and I work part time, if I don't keep up with the leaves, they will rot the perennials in the gardens and smother the lawn. The lawn is mostly moss because it is so shady! We get so much rain that it gets very slippery.

It takes me anywhere from three to four months to clean them all. I think it does look better when the roads and paths are free from leaves. I know if I was paying big bucks to stay at a resort I would not want to wade in two feet of wet maple leaves.

With that said, I am way more relaxed in my garden at home. All but one of my trees have small leaves so I leave them on the beds. I do rake up my oak leaves though because they take years to break down. My neighbor who moved used to shred them for me and I would compost them. I miss that guy!
Colleen said,

Sunday, October 29. 2006 at 11:21 (Link) (Reply)

Hi Sandy,

A groundsperson has to do what a groundsperson has to do :-) And, I agree that if I were staying at a resort I'd probably expect the sidewalks to be clear, too.

It would be great to have a neighbor with a shredder! I have to resort to running over the leaves with my mower, and then raking up as much as I can to put around my perennials. A shredder would be much easier :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

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