Leaf Fall, composting and special offer!

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!
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On Thu, 4 Nov 2010 11:41:23 +0000, floss2205

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 first snow:
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Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:

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.
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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.
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snipped-for-privacy@verizon.net writes:

Well, just found one:
http://trashcansunlimited.com/pro1254633.html
$465, wow.
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I rake leaves onto a big tarp, then drag the tarp. Saves 5-10 trips with a wheelie and all the loading and unloading that goes with the wheelie.
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Una wrote:

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 blow about.
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snipped-for-privacy@att.net (Una) writes:

Tried the tarp.
Ungainly and doesn't hold any more than a 45 Gal container which can be stuffed.
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On 04 Nov 2010, snipped-for-privacy@att.net (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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