Uh, no. That's 4 inches of relatively tightly packed, wet leaves.
Not to mention that, not being affixed by their roots to the ground,
the mower tends to just push them to the side, rather than riding
I'm not saying that mulching them up isn't a fine idea when
appropriate - that's what I do in my front yard, where I only
have a couple of maples, and there's only an inch or so on the
ground. But short of having a mower with 5 inches of ground
clearance, mowing and mulching simply isn't an option.
You must have funny trees. They dump 5" of leaves at a time.!
Where I live, the leaves sail gently to the ground...then the next
one...then the next one. lol
Have a nice one...
Budweiser: Helping ugly people have sex since 1876!
You must have funny trees, if they don't. :-)
I walked out into my yard this morning, and my feet sank in
to just over the top of my foot. And this is just 5 days after having
raked up tons in the same area, mind you.
Where I live, they all generally come down in a couple of
brief, but intense sessions. High winds last weekend,
and rain today.
And yet there's still a couple of huge silver maples
that haven't dropped any, yet.... sigh.
On Mon, 01 Nov 2004 21:37:40 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Curly
I would have thought this the most logical thing to do. Feed the
raked leaves into a mulcher. The shredded product will be a lot
easier to bag or to spread. Come to think of it garden tool
manufafturers should invent either a lawn mower attachment effective
for sucking up and shredding the leaves then throw them into a bag via
a chute. Or otherwise make a dedicated machine for this. It will be
a welcome companion to the leaf blower.
I haven't studied it closely, but my new Honda mower's instruction book has
a chart of different blades you can install if your work tends more toward
one purpose than another, or if you want to make seasonal blade changes.
They do. Cub Cadet, for example, makes a gas powered wheeled vacuum
unit that sucks up leaves, shreds and then bags 'em. A mere $1300CDN.
Rented one once. Real nice. Big trick is to make sure that the leaves
Came very close to buying one. I'd continue to rent, but they're relatively
rare in rentals, and it's a PITA getting it in and out of the trailer.
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
It's not just anyone who gets a Starship Cruiser class named after them.
I spent a couple of hours using a rake today. Big green plastic thing. I
rake mainly to get the leaves away from fences and other structures so I
could then mulch them with a garden tractor, then use the tractor to
sweep them up so I could throw them into the compost heap.
There are still some trees with leaves hanging on for dear life, so I
may have to do it again before winter sets in.
I followed a woman here to get married. Left Long Island, which had
advantages and disadvantages. I don't miss the traffic, or the fact that
women there put on 12 pounds of makeup just to run to the grocery store for
a gallon of milk. But the beach....at least there was the beach.
Agreed. I stupidly punished myself by not exploring water for about 3 years
after I moved. The Finger Lakes and the Adirondack lakes are gorgeous, but
there's still nothing like a real beach, especially after Labor Day, when
the lawyers and fashion queens have vacated.
You really need to come down to a North Carolina beach for a vacation. I
hate the beach but even so I have to admit it is beautiful here (though
boring and I hate the sun). Incredibly uncrowded unless you go to a tourist
trap. Fly down to Raleigh and it is a 2 hour drive to the beach. The
airfares are cheap. You will never miss a Long Island beach again if you
visit a NC beach. The sand is so fine and clean it just slips off of you.
Nothing like the grit of Jones Beach. And no beach pits.
I grew up on Long Island.... Massapequa Park. Went to college in Rochester
and escaped the northeast in 1980. Between Long Island and Rochester, you
made a home run. At least Rochester is prepared for all but the worse snow
storms. Someday Long Island will be swamped by a hurricane.
Here in California they really should drop the "leaf" part, and just
call them blowers. Just as common to see them making a cloud of dust
in a parking lot as it is to see them blowing leaves. Terrific for
people with allergies and asthma.
I had a neighbor who, after washing his GMC pickup, would come outside every
hour or two and use a leaf blower to eliminate any dust that had settled on
the truck. What a piece of work HE was. :-) My son figured out his phobias
at age 10. He and a couple of friends figured out that in the summer, when
Mr Pickup's windows were open, it was fun to yell to each other "Hey! Anyone
wanna play frisbee?", and watch the neighbor run out and move his truck
halfway down the street. We didn't even OWN a frisbee.
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