Monday, November 1, 2010

What Grows Up, Must Come Down ... Into My Yard!

Front lawn foliageOkay, so ... how did it get to be November already? What - may I ask - happened to October? Considering it's one of the months with 31 days, you would think it would last a little longer but oh no ... not October ... it goes by like it thinks it's February during a non-leap year! Which figures because October is hands-down my very favorite month of the year and I always hate to see it end.

Speaking of ending, this tree here is the lone tree that stands in the yard here at my humble abode. It's a rather large tree and, as such, possesses quite a few leaves which turn several lovely shades of orange and yellow during my most favorite season of all. Unfortunately, though, those leaves eventually drop after ending their autumn show and we end up with a carpet of leaves on the lawn which then has to be raked up. It's one of those rites of the season that all of us in New England with a yard go through every year.

Road LeavesThis year, though, it seems like there are a lot more leaves than usual to rake and bag up.  I'm not sure if it's because the trees produced an overabundance of leaves this year or if it's because all of the neighborhood leaves decided to come over to my house and play and have ended up in the area that I am responsible to rake.

This rather large pile of leaves to the right were leaves that weren't in my yard but had congregated on the sidewalk in front of the house and the curb.  As such, I don't think that they were leaves from my tree but immigrants from another yard.  By the time Jamie and I had bagged up  that batch there and the rest that were just out of the picture, we had filled 10 bags - 10 very large 40-gallon bags that Jamie even sat on a couple of times to compact the leaves down so that we could fit more in.

Lawn Leaves
By the time we got done with those, I was too worn out to even think about bagging up any more leaves so instead we just raked them all into an area next to the hedge on the side yard - a very large area!

These leaves to the left are the next ones that are going to have to be bagged up and put out by the curb for the city to haul away at some point but first I have to go buy some more bags because we ran out after just doing the ones on the street.  And looking at that pile, I get the feeling I need to either buy bigger bags or double the amount that I normally get as that's a lot of leaves.

The worst part is, there are still more leaves that have yet to fall from the trees and what grows up, must come down.  Oh my aching back ...


  1. Anonymous6:28 AM EDT

    I just want to jump in those! I agree, October did go by extremely fast!

  2. I LOVE that first photo! A lawn carpeted with fall leaves is one of the most visually appealing things I can imagine. I wouldn't rake them. I'd just let them stay forever. Or until they blew away or rotted into lawn fertilizer.


    Big hugs :]

  3. I will never forget how the kids would scatter the leaves after I had them raked

  4. That first photo is beautiful! We don't rake leaves around here. Dick gets out the blower and blows them off the driveway and the deck, and that's it. They stay where they fall....or where the wind blows them. And we have LOTS of leaves.

    Heck, where has the YEAR gone?

    Big hugs, honey...

  5. I just hope the wind didn't decide to play havoc on those leaves you raked near the hedge! lol I know, bite my tongue, right? hehe What a beautiful carpet of leaves, though, in that first picture. I know what you mean, though, about it being quite the chore to rake them all up. I swear we get all of the neighbours' leaves in our yard and that's why we always seem to be raking but yet they don't have to because they have no leaves left in their yards...they're all here!! xoxo

  6. We have a garden vaccum which sucks up the leaves and shreds them ready for the compost. :)

  7. Something tells me that that's what I will be doing soon.

  8. That's a lot of leaves for sure. I don't like bagging leaves. Just saying.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

  9. You're a good leaf-sweeper!

  10. you know home depot sells construction bags and they hold the amount of 5 big black bags... (smile)

    smiles, bee

  11. I don't know if it's better to wait until all the leaves are down and then rake them, or rake them several times as they fall in stages. I'm just glad I don't have to do any of it!

  12. I am humbled! I have been doing lots of school work instead of visiting my friends blogs. This morning I popped over for a quick peak, , , and I had to enlarge the frame so I could really enjoy the look. Wow. Great pictures, great background, you did good.
    (Sorry I have been gone so long)
    As for the leaves, I feel it too. Do any of your friendly neighbors have leaf blowers by any chance?

  13. Love those photos! It's in the 80's here and it doesn't feel like fall at all. I'll have to live vicariously through your blog.


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