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  posted on 11/26/2008 at 09:34 PM
I spent last Sunday raking up the large quantity of leaves from my numerous mature deciduous trees. It was not bad once I got out there and faced them down. Instead of bagging or burning them, I spread most around in the natural areas of my yard, some I run over with my mulching mower to fill low spots, and the grass/leaf mixture from my last mow's lawnmower bag go on my garden. Next spring, I turn that blanket into the soil to enrich the clay. Some of that mix also goes into my composter bin.

Many of my neighbors bag or burn, and lose out on the brown gold that leaves represent. The burning especially is obnoxious; do we need more air pollution?

What do you do to be a good steward of your land? And with Obama talking about greening up the White House, what do you do to be more environmentally conscious within your home?

 
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  posted on 11/26/2008 at 09:57 PM
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What do you do to be a good steward of your land? And with Obama talking about greening up the White House, what do you do to be more environmentally conscious within your home?


Our house is situatuated on about two acres and over half of it is nothing but big tall trees. We pretty much leave the woods natural and only rake the areas that would pose a fire hazard to the house and studio. Even at that it's a massive undertaking. We set the leaves out by the street for the city to pick up and recycle. We don't use fertalizers in the yard and try to keep it as natural as possible to create an environment for any wildlife that wants to find sanctuary. So far we've become the southern distributor for squirrels and chipmonks but there are some rabbits, possums and a wild cat that lives down in our garage.

 

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  posted on 11/26/2008 at 09:59 PM
As to what we plan to do...we've been doing all that's economically feasible right now. With so many trees solar panels won't work very well but we stay quite cool in the summer and we've upgraded our heating systems for the winter. Of course we've been recycling for several years now already.

 

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  posted on 11/26/2008 at 10:01 PM
Chop those leaves up with a mulching mower.

Best thing you can do with them.

 

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  posted on 11/26/2008 at 10:09 PM
That would mean I'd have to have a mulching mower. Personally I'd like to have one....Johnny won't let me....and the yardman we have just mows over most of them and keeps them mulched. But I'm serious. We let them go that way for about three years and even the mulch built up to where we had to rake it to the curb for pick up because you couldn't even walk in the yard and it kept blowing around the house and studio. With the dry weather we've been having, we can't have something that could easily ignite close to the buildings.

 

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  posted on 11/26/2008 at 10:28 PM
Mulch 'em. Mulch 'em all.

 

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  posted on 11/26/2008 at 10:33 PM
I just mow/mulch mine until they go/blow away - I never rake.

 

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  posted on 11/26/2008 at 11:19 PM
Leaves Are Falling All Around...


"Time I was on my way"

 

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  posted on 11/26/2008 at 11:34 PM
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Leaves Are Falling All Around...


"Time I was on my way"


Good catch! I made those leaves Ramble On.

 

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  posted on 11/27/2008 at 09:47 AM
I live in an a condo so I don't deal with leaves, but once in a while I open the door and yell at some S.O.B. for not picking up after his dog. That's the best I can do to be environmentally conscious.
 

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  posted on 11/28/2008 at 11:27 AM
I always kind of sing California Dreaming while doing leaves.

I blow my leaves into the woods, makes the yard look real clean. I usually do it 4-5 times throughout the fall, it is kind of fun. Alot better than raking and looks better than mulching.

Fall and early winter is a great time for fires too. I love being outside around a fire when it is cold out, snow on the ground and the fire is keeping you warm (along with your choice of tasty beverage). We had a fire with friends Wednesday night, it was great. Love the smell of burning wood this time of year too.

What do we do for environmental consciousness? The biggest thing would be our thermostat which we keep at 68 in winter and around 75 in the summer. Our house feels cool at time in the winter and not very cool sometimes in summer, but it is very livable and not uncomfortable. I've thought about solar panels as we do have good sun exposure on our roof, but not sure I want to spend the money on that investment.

 

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  posted on 11/28/2008 at 11:47 AM
No leaves to rake for me, as our place in more "natural," but I have been having to pick them out of my potted plants. I've been planting all kinds of succulents in clay pots of various sizes. I'm fascinated bt the colors and leaf shapes, and how easily they propogate. But I don't like leaves falling on them.

 

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  posted on 11/28/2008 at 01:10 PM
I was doing that yesterday and discovered my asparagus fern has sticky things on it that jabbed me. Who knew it was going to be a painful process. Today is really balmy so I suppose I can at least go sweep off the patio and carport.....Johnny is starting to rebel against the build up of slippery leaves on the way to the studio!

 

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  posted on 11/28/2008 at 01:15 PM
Hoping to get round 2 of my leaves off the ground tomorrow if the weather cooperates. Living in Middle Earth this may be the last chance (can't believe temps in the 40's and even low 50's right now ... not that I'm complaining). I kind of enjoy leaf raking - with just a touch of cold in air, on a blue sky day, it's a peaceful activity and kind of bittersweet 'cause you know the snow will be flying soon and more time will be spent indoors than out (at least in my area of the country ).

And I recycle my leaves. No in-town burning allowed but the city does curb pick-up if you contain them in sanctioned bags.

[Edited on 11/28/2008 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 11/28/2008 at 01:28 PM
the city does curb pick-up if you contain them in sanctioned bags.


Our city has a big leaf vacuum truck so if we can get them to the curb, they'll suck them up for us.....saves a lot of time not having to bag them.

 

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  posted on 11/28/2008 at 01:37 PM
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the city does curb pick-up if you contain them in sanctioned bags.


Our city has a big leaf vacuum truck so if we can get them to the curb, they'll suck them up for us.....saves a lot of time not having to bag them.
Ann - please have your city call my city!!! LOL - while I don't mind raking the leaves and being outside in the clean air I don't really dig stuffing the bags (I usually end up with 25-30 bags each fall). The leaf vacuum would be great!

 

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