questionshave you started your leaf pile yet?

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Not yet, but winter is coming. And so are the leaves.

I have the same method of dealing with the leaves. The lawnmower/blower combo is a beautiful thing.

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As a matter of fact my back yard is covered, so I will be mowing today to mulch them. I will continue mowing throughout this fall not because of the grass, but because of the leaves. I blow them away from the fence and then mulch, that's my method.

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I am part of the "mulch them up with my mower" crowd. If it weren't raining, I would be on my mower now.

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Our city has a leaf collection where they come around with big trucks and vacuum like machines. All we do is put our leaves by the curb and they do the rest.

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Oh yeah! We already have two huge piles which we will be adding to today... and then we will go leaf pile jumping with our granddaughter! Yahoo, good times!

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All of the trees have dropped except for our sugar maples which are on the brink. The city just collected the first of the leaves last week, the maples will drop this week I'm sure. And they city won't collect again til mid November. @eekdageek our city for some reason doesn't do that, even though the surrounding cities and metropolitan area does. We have to rake our leaves into bags which get thrown into a big mulcher that they come around with.

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Living in north Texas/DFW most of the trees don't loose their leaves until the ice storm in January. Until then, they just sorta hang on the trees looking a little pathetic. But it does mean that I get some extra time without having to do any yard work...or I would if it would ever get cold long enough for the grass to go dormant. Hasn't happened yet this year so I'm still mowing.

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Yes the leave are everywhere! We have dueling leaf methods in our home. He's a mulcher, I'm a rake and put them at the curb for the leaf truck-er. Whoever gets it done first... wins? I don't know, either way, the leaves get handled.

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My husband is an obsessive/compulsive leaf raker. He's already started. He'll rake about a fourth of the yard, bag the leaves, then mow that section. Then he'll start on the next fourth. This takes a few days and by the time he gets the last fourth done, it's time to start on the first fourth. Nobody on this street, in this town, in this county, in this state rakes as much as he does. It used to bother me, but now I figure there's a lot worse things he could be doing with his time.

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We have leaves, but mostly we'll be leaving them and letting nature do what she wishes. The only ones we really bother with are the ones that end up covering the drains at the bottom of our hill, if we don't, we have one big mess to deal with when the rainwater can't drain!

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Here in North Florida my yard has two very large camphor trees, which (although classified as an evergreen) drop their leaves in the spring. Check back with me in April or so.

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Every day a neighbor takes out his leaf blower and blows the leaves on his lawn back onto the lawns on either side of him. His theory is, I don't have a tree and they do.

I wonder if he sorts through the leaves to make sure the right leaf goes on the right property?

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@dontwantaname: We have the opposite. The neighborhood "Leaf Fairy." Once she gets a rake in her hand, she doesn't stop until every yard connected to hers is leaf free. I thought I was going crazy last fall until I figured it out. Our leaves were just forming into perfect piles... I owe that woman cookies.

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Our old neighbor was obsessive about her leaves, and it used to drive her crazy that we were not. I say you can't get rid of the leaves until after trick-or-treaters have ruffled through them on Halloween night. Adds ambiance to the experience. And you can tell when someone is coming up to your door too.

She would always call just before the last leaf pickup (in bags, not at the curb), just to make sure we didn't miss it. How thoughtful.

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@thumperchick: you owe her LOTS of cookies, and a few cakes, and maybe even a gift card to a nice place for dinner out.

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@moosezilla: True. But we try to get our leaves before she does now. Perhaps her plan worked?

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Leaves are very close to done here.

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If my town did a leaf pickup, I might actually rake. As it is I'll keep the sidewalk clear and that's about it. I'm going to call the ones on the lawn "fertilizer" - we need it this year especially since the grass mostly died during the summer drought.

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Very few leaves in this yard...I just let the wind take them back to my neighbor. Coincidentally, most of my leaves look like the ones still on his trees.

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Lucky me - I only have 1 tree left in my yard that loses its leaves. :-D Unlucky me - that tree is right next to my UNscreened pool. :-(

Side note: I do have a large camphor tree, it never drops all of its leaves; it's a gradual loss & regrowth. Never, ever naked. BTW: I live in beautiful, hot Central Florida.

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I live in the desert and most of our plants hold onto their leaves year round. The few trees I have that drop leaves are still holding onto them. They don't usually drop their leaves till after Thanksgiving, and leaf back up in February.