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RE: Leaf Collection


This year, the township came early to collect the leaves before Bill & I
could get to the neighbors' leaves.  However, we have been blessed with a
multitude of our own leaves (on the heavily wooded lot) and have one huge
pile of shredded leaves in the old dog run area.  With the dry spell, Bill
just put the mower deck up high and gathered them that way, dumping them
into the chipper/shredder for further volume reduction.  That worked great.
More leaves are falling and there is much more yet to fall.  I hope we get a
chance to get them all shredded before the weather no longer permits such
activity.  Most of what I have now will be spread around different beds with
the "Pet" bed getting the lion's share.  (That reminds me I have to get
chicken wire to plant the bulbs back there!!!)

That was a really good idea, Kitty.  The landscaper across the street used
the same method to gather his leaves this year (which of course he mulches
himself on his heavily wooded lot.)  In the past, I've hauled the old
wheelbarrow around, but I like your and Matt's method better!

Blessings,
Bonnie

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of kmrsy@comcast.net
Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2004 12:11 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] Leaf Collection

Wednesday am as I left for work my neighbor from whom I always take
leaves was raking her leaves and putting them in bags for that day's
garbage pickup. She did so most likely because we were excpecting rain
which we didn't get. While at work I was thinking about whose leaves I'd
steal this year since there were none close to me as there had been in
previous years. There were plenty of leaves piled on grass strips
adjacent to curbs 2 blocks from me, but that seemed a long distance to
drag my tarp back and forth.

So last night I tied my tarp to the back of my Suzuki - and tied a
second tarp to the first one, rolled the whole thing up into the back of
the car, closed the gate, went around the block and pulled up alongside
the leaves. I unrolled the tarp, raked the leaves onto it and then just
dragged them home. Worked like a charm! The last load I left on the
tarp, unhitched it and dragged to my compost bins. Minimal effort for a
bounty of leaves. If it doesn't rain today I'll try for a few more loads
tonight.

My only problem is that this is early for me - I haven't yet emptied the
12X15 tender plant bed out front. That's where I usually dump the leaves
and shred them before depositing in final locations. I'll have to work
on that before I can collect much more. I did check first to be sure the
shredder will work and it started right up.


Kitty

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