For Chutzie and those who think they need to rake leaves...

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   Posted 11/6/2009 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
A few years ago when I was especially busy with wedding cakes one fall and hubby and adult son were working horrendous hours I just never got around to raking the leaves. I meant to... but it never got done. And guess what? They all blew away from the front yard. Some of them lodged in between the shrubs (I call this mulch) and some just blew down the street. The ones that stayed under the snow disappeared shortly after the first sun of spring.

The ones in the back yard got all shredded and trampled by the dogs all winter. In the spring there was no sign of them.

So now I let God take care of the leaves. I mean He grew them so I figure He can take care of them.
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   Posted 11/6/2009 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
There you go! It is mulch and soil ammendment. I don't rake them either. Never have. The dang lawn guys sometimes rake them before I can stop them from doing so.

So Chutzie, no more raking leaves!

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   Posted 11/6/2009 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't own a rake or a lawnmower.

I think I'm also known as "the scary lady down the street..." but I don't care :)

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   Posted 11/6/2009 11:05 PM (GMT -7)   
LMBO!! But I LOVE the leaves. I planted a wonderful Japanese maple against the end of the house and have pruned it over the years to an open shape. I look out my kitchen window through the bright red leaves in spring and fall and across the lawn are the brilliant leaves of gold from the bigger leaf maple. It's a family names maple maiden name is Olmstead, like the man who designed Central Park, etc. I planted 2 Olmstead maples. When they were little I remember the first year I raked the leaves...all 14 of them! Each year got better and better. I look forward to fall so I can walk through the leaves and kick them while raking, and walk through the mounds of them, rake them up again and kick them apart again. I know...I'm hopeless. But I'll figure out some way to make it easier on the body next year. Although only the first round has fallen. Round #2 is on the ground after the nasty storms we're having this week.

Jeannie, with the amount of rain we have the leaves don't do much blowing. They get wet and make a thick layer of slime and kill the grass. We don't always get snow to cover them up either and if we do it doesn't last long. Hubby was running over and over them to chew them into composting size so it wasn't too bad hauling them away. Only one wagon load in the tractor/trailer. Next time I'll share my rake with one of the grandkids. OK?

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   Posted 11/7/2009 4:30 AM (GMT -7)   
We had plenty of wind in MI this fall. No leaves to be found! :o)
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   Posted 11/7/2009 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Chutzie, we have a hand held blower that is also a vacuum and it mulches the leaves as it picks them up and then you just empty the bag. It's gas powered and has a strap to put on your shoulder to carry it.
Our trees around the house are still quite small but we get leaves from other people but the way the wind blows here if you wait long enough they will keep on blowing.
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   Posted 11/7/2009 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Was this really meant to be about leaves?  You have written a wonderful and profound message here!  Don't sweat the small stuff.  I love this! 
When you can't rake leaves, let the leaves be and all will be well. (Unless your name was/is Olmstead; in which you LIKE raking leaves and sweatin the small stuff is in your nature and you just can't stop....thankyouverymuch!) 
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