Sunday, November 20, 2011
These are my new best friends. After watching some neighbors one year, I've been bagging my leaves by using a trash can as a bag holder, and using a snow shovel to get the leaves into the bag. Last spring, I saw the green claw hand extenders next to the shovel in a magazine, and the company also carried this red collapsible can. I love them both. You do have to do more bending, but I can get way more leaves with the claws, and I completed the backyard in about two hours. (I did still have to use the snow shovel for some yard waste - hostas mostly - that had snuck in with leaves, and were denser. )
So I started yesterday morning with the above. Doesn't really look like much, does it?
Much raking, and five filled bag later, I finished the day with the above. After about an hour this morning, I ended up with this:
And fourteen bags of leaves. I don't understand how they take up that much room.
I should also point out that the above is the only tree that's actually on our property. Notice the lack of leaf drop here. Fortunately, it's on the street, which is enough of a wind tunnel that I rarely have to clean up leaves from this tree - they blow away long before I can get to them. Instead, I have to clean up after the trees that ring our back yard.
Oh well. At least my mother's compost benefits from it...