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