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Leaf removal
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 10, 2021 09:57AM
Poll
How do you remove your leaves?
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37 votes were received.
Rake 4
 
11%
Leaf blower (gas) 2
 
5%
Leaf blower (electric) 4
 
11%
Chop 'em with the lawn mower 17
 
46%
I don't have leaves you insensitive clod! 3
 
8%
There is no single technique that works for me 2
 
5%
I AM M A V I C 5
 
14%



I've been mowing the fallen leaves in our yard and its been working pretty damn well. Its recommended by both environmentalists and law care nerds. Its also pretty easy - I don't understand why everyone doesn't do it this way although I heard a report that its not 'acceptable' in some neighborhoods - whatever that means.



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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: mikebw
Date: November 10, 2021 10:02AM
I have also been mowing them for the last couple years, but there is definitely something nostalgic about raking them up into a big pile.

If you intend to use fallen leaves as mulch it may make more sense to rake them into areas nearby and then mow.
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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: deckeda
Date: November 10, 2021 10:03AM
Yep, you answered it already. HOAs do have a way of making selfish decisions for "aesthetics" not based on sustainability.

Leaf breakdown is good for the ground.
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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: davester
Date: November 10, 2021 10:05AM
I primarily rake, but since so many redwood needles end up on our roof I have an electric leaf blower that I use up there since it is a bit dangerous sweeping near the edge (2.5-story drop off). I usually bag the big piles on the roof by hand, then blow the stuff off the edges of the roof and then rake everything down below. Have to keep after it after big windstorms, especially during fire season since that stuff is very flammable.



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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: srf1957
Date: November 10, 2021 10:11AM
End of October . I mow lawn putting green height . Wind moves most away . neighbor to south has fence that stops the downwind leaves .
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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 10, 2021 10:19AM
Like srf1957, mine are blowing in the wind. I’ve never raked in the last three+ decades we have owned our own home.



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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: November 10, 2021 10:22AM
How about an option for spousal contradictory opinions?

I'm a mower/composter, spouse is a raker. She also rakes at the first sign of leaf drop and i like to wait.
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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: Racer X
Date: November 10, 2021 10:30AM
I'm not stupid. I pay the neighbor kid.



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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: davemchine
Date: November 10, 2021 10:40AM
I bought a Flowtron LE-900 Ultimate Mulcher and I've been very happy. It handles great big leaves very well and condenses huge piles of leaves so they can fit into my yard waste bin. When I don't have time to do it myself I pay for a service but that's pretty expensive.



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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 10, 2021 10:43AM
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deckeda
Yep, you answered it already. HOAs do have a way of making selfish decisions for "aesthetics" not based on sustainability.

I logically understand this but our lawn looks pretty darn good after the mower mulches the leaves so I can only understand the 'we can't mow them' to mean 'I can't change my behavior for reasons I can't express'



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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: deckeda
Date: November 10, 2021 10:50AM
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mattkime
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deckeda
Yep, you answered it already. HOAs do have a way of making selfish decisions for "aesthetics" not based on sustainability.

I logically understand this but our lawn looks pretty darn good after the mower mulches the leaves so I can only understand the 'we can't mow them' to mean 'I can't change my behavior for reasons I can't express'

That sounds right. And it would help to attend the HOA meetings and come armed with some data or whatever. If nothing else it would cause them to state policy is based on subjective opinion of seeing no leaves > seeing mulched leaves.

If I ever move back into an HOA it'll be too soon.
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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: Ammo
Date: November 10, 2021 11:08AM
We mow ‘em up, too. Bagging grass clippings when you mow is just as silly.



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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: kurtzie
Date: November 10, 2021 11:18AM
Combination of
Mow and bag
Mow / Mulch
Toro Leaf Vacuum.
Our drive way traps a lot of leaves due to a retaining wall…
Our Hedge traps a lot of leaves in the fence that runs parallel to it.

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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: November 10, 2021 11:19AM
Ages ago I had raked the front yard and asked my roommate to pick up some leaf bags at the store as he was leaving. He said "No, let me tell you an easier way- Just rake the leaves into the flower beds and leave them there. That's why we have these big flower beds, the flowers themselves are just a cover. You notice everything in the flower beds is perennial and requires zero attention once planted". That was my "A-ha!" moment, and everywhere I've lived since then that had a yard I've put in a big flower bed with Cannas, Bearded Irises, Daffodils, Hostas, and the like so I'll have a place to rake the leaves to in the fall. A little effort right after moving in to delineate and plant a flower bed saves me a lot of effort bagging and disposing of leaves later on, the decaying leaves keep the weeds down in the flower bed(s), plus every square foot of flower bed is a square foot of yard that doesn't have to be mown, either.

Your mileage may vary.

Edited to add: Four O'Clocks are a great flower to use as well: They self-reseed, they form a bush that grows to a height of three feet or more, and the first frost makes the bush die and collapse completely so no mess to clean up, just more mulch for the flower bed.

One more edit- A bulb planter like this one makes short work of planting bulbs- [www.amazon.com]



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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/10/2021 11:31AM by Thrift Store Scott.
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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: graylocks
Date: November 10, 2021 11:29AM
for decades I mulch mowed. then started to feel the build up was choking the greeneage. now i alternate mulching and mulching/bagging and spread the choppings around the bases of the oak and poplar trees in my yard.



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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: rz
Date: November 10, 2021 11:38AM
Any leaves in the yard get mulch/mowed. On concrete surfaces, I use my leaf vac.

Florida is different though. Most leaves don't fall until spring, when new growth forces old leaves to fall. I moved to a house with a much larger yard and a whole lot more trees this year, so it remains to be seen how different it'll be at the new house. But I got mulching blades for the new riding mower, so I'm ready.
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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: November 10, 2021 12:00PM
As kurtzie noted, you left off leaf vacuum.
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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: davester
Date: November 10, 2021 12:02PM
It's clear that the conditions at each respondent's home have a huge impact on method. Mowing and mulching is a nonstarter where we live because 1) we don't have a lawn...only stone patios, decks and dirt forest floor; 2) when a big windstorm comes we can get over a foot of redwood needles and branches covering almost our entire lot and roof; 3) Instead of breaking down, the redwood needles dry out quickly in our climate and become an extreme fire hazard...gotta get them outta here ASAP.



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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: November 10, 2021 12:06PM
I blow them around and mulch with mower, so I voted M A V I C.



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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: vicrock
Date: November 10, 2021 12:25PM
We live in an evergreen (fir, hemlock, cedar) forest - one ornamental cherry, and a couple of small leaved "trash trees" leave them where they fall.
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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: Bernie
Date: November 10, 2021 01:31PM
Rake and blow into pile and mow.
Take mulch to flower beds and garden areas.
Rake pine needles and place on top.

Once this is done, it may or may not get bagged to put around trees. It was /is 71 today in the valley and the beds and garden is done.

The odds of seeing another day like this any time soon, one more time in the next 3 months.




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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: ArtP
Date: November 10, 2021 01:45PM
I usually rake.

i have a older electric leaf blower that works good for clearing grass clippings off sidewalks and those tiny little leaves but for palm sized leaves or larger, I can't quite get the hang of how to blow and heard the leaves into a pile.

I know my city frowns on yard waste but my garbage can is usually only 1/4 to 1/2 full of actual garbage so this time of year I will rake the front lawn and put the leaves in there for pick up with the big side arm garbage trucks.
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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: Acer
Date: November 10, 2021 01:48PM
Mostly mow-mulch. We have one tree that lays down leaves so thick that it takes multiple passes to grind them down, so we often rake those into the veggie garden or a compost pile at the back of the lot.
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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: November 10, 2021 01:55PM
Make the kids do it.




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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: Racer X
Date: November 10, 2021 02:03PM
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M A V I C
Make the kids do it.

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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 10, 2021 02:55PM
Update - perhaps mowing the lawn doesn't remove them as completely as I thought they would. I'm happy but I can see how people who need to see an expanse of uninterrupted lawn would be upset. I'm curious how it might look in a day or two.
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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: November 10, 2021 03:40PM
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davester
It's clear that the conditions at each respondent's home have a huge impact on method. Mowing and mulching is a nonstarter where we live because 1) we don't have a lawn...only stone patios, decks and dirt forest floor; 2) when a big windstorm comes we can get over a foot of redwood needles and branches covering almost our entire lot and roof; 3) Instead of breaking down, the redwood needles dry out quickly in our climate and become an extreme fire hazard...gotta get them outta here ASAP.

Excellent point! I sometimes forget that not everywhere gets an average of 52 inches of rain a year like Birmingham does. That plus temps that don't often dip much below freezing in the winter means fallen leaves rot much more quickly and easily here than in other places.

Magnolia leaves are dang-near indestructible though, even here. Millions of years of evolution wasn't wasted on those bad boys, that's for sure.



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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: BernDog
Date: November 10, 2021 04:21PM
Wish I could mulch, but gotta bag them. Way too many to just leave them on the lawn.
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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: rgG
Date: November 10, 2021 04:52PM
At our old place, I had a big sweeper bagger thing I pulled behind my riding mower/tractor, then I dumped them in the pine straw beds between the Bradford pear trees that lined the yard.
If I was too lazy to get the sweeper out, I would use the riding mower to blow the leaves into the beds by making ever closer passes to the leaves thereby “herding” the leaves with the mower. What didn’t get blown got mow/mulched where they sat.

Now, I have a small strip of artificial turf that I can rake, sweep, pick up by hand in about 10 minutes. Lol





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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: JoeM
Date: November 10, 2021 05:21PM
Lawn service. I gave up all that outside stuff 20 yrs ago.



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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: Fritz
Date: November 10, 2021 08:32PM
some rake, some electric, some not at all.



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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: November 11, 2021 10:42AM
We rake. It's good exercise. We also have an electric blower for the harder to rake areas. Rake into piles. Dump leaves into leaf shredder that drops into bags. Bags go to street. Then mow the rest. It's a fun Sunday. Not.



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Re: Leaf removal
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: November 11, 2021 01:05PM
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Well, over the next few days it appears we're using rain instead. I have a feeling it'll take some dirt and grass with it though.




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