New apartments nearby. Groundskeepers come in and rake a truckload of
leaves into the street presumably for city pick up. Next they bring in
an equal sized truck load of mulch...distribute it all around the
property and plant flowers etc.
Shaking my head at city life
Couple of neighborhood kids came by today and offered to rake up the
leaves. While I admired their initiative when the leaves are all down I
take a run with a mulching lawnmower and put all the nutrients back
where they came from. I've even been know to steal the neighbor's leaves.
I have a compost pile in my back yard. Most all of the garden waste
ends up in it including sticks and small branches. When the leaves fall
the pile will probably get as tall as me, but by the time spring rolls
around a majority will be ready for the garden. What doesn't compost
down can be used as garden mulch.
There's sort of a community compost pile in the field behind me. People
put their clippings, leaves, and so forth on it but nobody uses the
compost so it gets bigger by the year. This pleases the kids playing
king of the mountain.
I have one that's about 10' long x 4' wide x 3.5' high. I just turned
it and added new leaves and sticks to it and topped it off with some
bottom ground level compost. That trickles down into the rest of the
pile and promotes faster decomposition.
I have a large wooden compost box and have more than I know what to do
with. After the owner of the rental property next door had a fence put
in...it left about a one foot gap...so now I got to use all the compost up
In alt.home.repair, on Sat, 15 Oct 2016 14:47:37 -0700, Bob F
I just grind up the leaves when I mow the lawn. They practically
disappear, or maybe they do disappear but my lawn isn't as green as some
others because I don't use fertilizer anymore.
But Baltimore County does collect leaves in the fall, if you've put them
in plastic bags - more waste. And I think the big "leaf bags" are even
thicker than the small bags - more waste.
At least one of my neighbors has a bag on the mower to collect grass and
then dumps the grass in the woods next to my house. I have no problem
with that or branches or even tree trunks. Only building materials
like cement, cinder blocks, 2x4s, etc.
In alt.home.repair, on Sun, 16 Oct 2016 14:25:13 -0400, micky
I think the same neighbor, a guy about 35 still living with his mother
and some other family, rakes up the leaves and puts them in bags to be
collected, even though he dumps his cut grass in the woods. I don't
get it. I wouldn't mind if he dumped the leaves in the woods.
One neighbor does that, he rakes his yard often and it makes me wonder
why. He moved up here from the city so that explains a lot. However, I
don't think my leaves end up in his yard, but my other neighbor's yard
probably gets them.
On Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 5:12:10 PM UTC-4, philo wrote:
If I leave them on the grass, they smother the lawn. I push them
under the shrubs with my lawn tractor, where they compost
naturally. The best soil in my yard is under the darned bushes.
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