Yes. Crunchy leaves or soggy leaves are good for the compost. My dad
used to pile leaves on top of the rose bushes to protect them from
winter freezing. It's nature's blanket. Leaf mold is gardener's
I planted more last season than I ever have before, and still didnt use up 1/2
the leaf & lawn clipping mold from the previous fall. Now I have a 3rd pile
going from this past season's leaves.
Free to whoever wants it, just send 1200.00 shipping & handling! :-)
Okey dokey. This afternoon I purchased the largest rake I could find and a
smaller one for the small areas. Hubby has a tarp in his workshop
somewhere, so tomorrow, it's sleeves up and calorie burning time...
probably followed by a hot bath with bath salts ;-)
I grind 300 large black bags of leaves every year for leaf mold.
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That sounds like an excellent idea that would save a lot of work. Trouble
is, we've yet to purchase a lawn mower. Having just moved onto the
property, we were reckoning on buying one in the new year. Hubby is after
one of the zero turn jobs.
We have 20+ trees with a couple each of crepe myrtle, pecan, ash, oak,
silver(?) maple and 1 cyprus. Plus several other ufo's (unidentified
flowering objects ;-)
Today was going to be the big push - raking day - but it's been pouring
with rain and the garden is a tad water logged. I've taken some pics -
they're not very good, but should give an idea of what I'm up against...
I'm all ears to ideas and suggestions!
Well, you could go ahead and rake the wet leaves in the rain. But it
looks like your lawn has some drainage problems which would make it
difficult to rake without pulling up the wet turf, too. So it's not just
a question of working in the rain. You would need to let those areas
Or you could go out and get a lawn vac. They look like lawn mowers
except there are no blades under the deck, and there's ductwork going
over the front of the deck. These vacs will suck up the leaves, and
shred them before depositing them in the bag. Most of the water will
drain off as the leaves are shredded, but you'll still end up with
enough in the bag to make it pretty heavy. Once the bag gets so heavy
that it causes the front end to lift too high off the ground, wheel it
over to where you're dumping the leaves. Of course this would also work
better if it were dry, but given that it's wet, it'll work better than
Exactly. It's a bit of a mess :-/
There are some areas that I can rake. I went out and bought some rubber
boots this afty.
Hmm. I've had a poke around the net at the different lawn vacs and some are
quite reasonable and are a definate option. Hubby's buying a huge
compressor for his shop soon, so I'm sure we could balance that out with a
Thanks for the advice.
I have the Billy Goat brand vac, and it does a good job on dry leaves. The
manual does not recommend it for wet leaves. I have to believe that
shredding is not going to work too well on wet leaves. Since wet leaves are
heavier, it will also be more difficult for the vac to suck up the heavier
leaves. BTW, it does not do a very good job on pine needles even though
this is a professional model. My John Deere mower with rear bagger does a
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