I have a huge oak tree and a silver birch, both of which overhang my
back garden so at this time of year all I spend my time in the garden
doing is picking up leaves then shoving them in the composter.
Then last week I found a special offer on a leaf blower on a Facebook
page for a business that sells leaf blowers and vacuums (seddondirect).
What used to take me a couple of hours now takes only 30 minutes!
For anyone wanting a quicker solution to hand picking leaves at this
time of year I would seriously recommend this solution and grab
yourselves the discount by finding the company on Facebook - made it
cheaper for me!
Oaks typically hold their leaves until spring. Birch leaves are
small, thin, drop late, and by then are mere wisps that simply
disappear from the wind. I never rake leaves, the same one who puts
them there takes them away.
Leaves were about half down yesterday, they'll blow away before the
My white oaks who are not effected by scorch hold their leaves to early
spring. The Black and reds are almost all down now. I rake in /blow in
about another 2 weeks here. Been known to have piles of leaves about
for kids aka Trick or treaters to stomp thru.
Bill S. Jersey USA zone 5 shade garden
Here we have Tulip Poplar.
Giant, leaf covered, Tulip Poplar.
Leaves come down like snow when it rains, (like today).
Removing leaves usually spans a period of 5 weekends,
with at least 1 full day devoted to the task.
The lawn services use a combination of back pack blowers
and walk behind blowers. These can get the leaves to the
curb where they either rake or bring in a vacuum truck.
For stubborn homeowners (like me), the back pack blower
is pretty much required. A walk behind would help but
I don't have one. Half the job is getting the piles
of leaves into the back yard for compost.
Right now I'm using a wheeled Rubber Maid 45 gallon
trash can. I'd like something about twice the size
with a larger opening, but so far I haven't found anything.
The times I've had a sizable amount of leaves I'd use a leaf rake or
blower to put them into a pile, than pass over them a few times with a
rotary mower to chop them up. Then there was far less volume to
bag/haul. Once deposited the chopped leaves are far less likely to
On 04 Nov 2010, email@example.com (Una) wrote in rec.gardens:
Me, too. There's a woodsy area at the back of my yard, so I just drag
the many tarps-full of leaves up there. Those big piles compact flat by
spring - you wouldn't know there were 20+ years of leaves up there.
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