But the tree grew. And so did the trees our neighbors planted. Now we're surrounded by mature leafy specimens. And, at the end of the growing season those leaves turn beautiful colors. Then they fall off. The other day the lawn was nearly covered. In the front yard the leaves were red from the neighbor's tree. In the back yard they were yellow from our maple.
There was rain in the forecast, so I wanted to get the leaves off the grass before they turned into a wet, clumping mess. Instead of pulling out the rake, I reached for the lawn mower.
It only took a couple of swipes before its mulching function turned the leaves into bits of colored leaf confetti. Based on past experience, I know those chopped up bits will disintegrate and decompose into the ground. When I was done my side of the grass was neat and clean. There was a clear delineation between our yard and the neighbor's
Here's a Before and After shot of the areas:
|Front yard----------------------------------Back yard|
Five years ago today: A Bittersweet Song For the Veteran's Day Holiday
Great idea to use the mulcher. My husband does the leaves, the process takes about a month he says.ReplyDelete
A month! Wow.Delete
No house, no leaves. Also a good change!ReplyDelete
Yes, I can see where that would be a good thing.Delete
but such a pretty tree!ReplyDelete
Thanks. It HAS grown up into a nice specimen.Delete
We have a park near our house and most of the trees are maples. The city came by with the mulcher the other day and did the very same thing. It's now all colorful confetti everywhere! We are currently under a wind warning and I'm thinking that should take care of all the leaves still on the trees.ReplyDelete
Yes, that wind will make short work of all the remaining leaves.Delete
The colored "mulch" is so pretty. Our leaves go from green to brown and they are just brown on the ground. But my husband does the same thing and mulches with the mower. Here you'd have to worry about a snake being in the leaves so better to mulch than rake anyway.ReplyDelete
Yes, if snakes were involved I wouldn't stick my hands in piles of leaves either :-)Delete