A week or so ago, I was talking to my little bro Stan down in Santa Maria (California). As usual, I missed his birthday by a few days, and since it was his 50th, felt a bit bad about that. Just as I just now remembered that today is my other little bro Jim's birthday and it's far too late to call him, which means as usual, I will call him a few days late too, because I am bound to forget by tomorrow to call. Stan was a little pressed for time, as he had to blow the leaves off his patio for a little gathering that evening. I just chuckled. One tree, even a big one, dropping some leaves on the patio? SOME leaves?
With the ancient Oregon White oaks dropping both leaves and bushels and bushels of acorns (kind of an every other year cycle on the 'corns), the two ancient black walnuts that have about a bazillion leaves each that stick together like glue when they are even slightly damp and are slippery as hell, and the Norway maple dropping it's huge leaves as well as zillions of those nasty winged seeds EVERY DAY for almost two months, I just had to chuckle over Stan having to blow a few leaves off his patio once in a while. Seriously, dude. Wait until you see how we deal with leaves.
|Imagine this, every single day. If you don't pick it up when you get a chance between storms, you are in serious trouble|
|Ho Dog enjoys the nice green grass and the first of the maple leaves starting to fall|
|This area is usually brown, as it is all mulch. Dale will blow the leaves off this area onto the grass, pick up the leaves there, and he's barely finished before it looks like this again. Black walnut leaves. Much, MUCH more to come|
|The Norway maple, just getting started|
|The oak leaves. We blow them off the mulch onto the blacktop and Dale vacuums them up from there|
|This is where the mulched leaves go - onto the garden beds. Most of the beds start out almost 2' deep in mulched leaves in the fall and will be down to less than 6" by spring, and loaded with worms|
|Look quick, it won't be like this in a few hours|
|Dale on his mighty leaf picker-upper-mulching machine|
|More bed covers|