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View Poll Results: What to do with leaves:
Rake/sweep them up. 8 12.12%
Mow/mulch them up. 19 28.79%
Leave them to rot. 4 6.06%
I'm a lucky bastard with a yard without leaves. 12 18.18%
Burn them. 15 22.73%
Make a heap pile. 6 9.09%
Bag them/leave them by the road for pickup 2 3.03%
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Old August 28th, 2013, 11:55 AM   #1
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Default Annual dilemma on what to do with fallling leaves.

Do you mulch them with a mower, or do you rake/blow them?

If you rake them what do you do with them?

I usually run over them with a tractor mower when there are just a few here and there.

When the foliage gets thick, I sweep them up.

I used to burn them, but now I'm thinking about making a leaves heap pile.

What is your method of attack on this annual nuisance?

*You can vote multiple times for different options, at least I thought that's how I made the poll.

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Old August 28th, 2013, 11:58 AM   #2
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I used to mow over them a couple times, sweep them up, and burn them.....Depending on how my new Scag does, that method of attack might change....:D

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Old August 28th, 2013, 12:03 PM   #3
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Burn them bitches
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mulch em until they start coming down too thick, then rake them up and burn them, and of course fill the garden with some for composting.
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I own 3 acres with 3 maple trees that I planted ten years ago. What few leaves they produce are gone with the wind.

Our place up north has enough oak trees to coat the whole yard several inches deep. I used to rake and haul load after load into the woods. A couple years ago we started to hire it done. best idea ever!
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I have a lawn service but they mulch it in most of the year until the last couple of mowings when it gets too thick in the backyard and they rake them up and then suck them up into a truck and take them away. When I was doing it all myself I did the same thing - except for the big vacuum truck... I just bagged them.

The first year I was in my house I just left them on the ground in the backyard thinking that they would decompose on their own but there were just way too many of them and they were too thick and I had huge bare patches of mud and dead grass all spring.
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Drink beer when done
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Fawk leaves! I've got 8 fully apple trees to tend with. Some bitchin apples.

When the leaves start falling I'll mulch and then dump in the woods behind my property.
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For five years I had some weird maple tree disease. The leaves would turn brown with a weird fungus. I read online that this comes back because I was mulching the leaves. Now I fill the lawn sweeper, dump the leaves in the back yard compost area. The fungus / disease never came back.
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Blow them into the neighbor on the east of your houses yard and blame it on the wind.
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My neighbor pays a company to clean his up each week, so I use my leaf blower and blow them all onto his lawn.
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mulch em until they start coming down too thick, then rake them up and burn them, and of course fill the garden with some for composting.
Sounds just like my plan.

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For five years I had some weird maple tree disease. The leaves would turn brown with a weird fungus. I read online that this comes back because I was mulching the leaves. Now I fill the lawn sweeper, dump the leaves in the back yard compost area. The fungus / disease never came back.
I'm started my compost heap pile this spring. I can't believe how huge it is over the course of half a year. Leaves will substantially increase it.

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Blow them into the neighbor on the east of your houses yard and blame it on the wind.
Before I put up a fence to contain my dogs and to keep out deer, the wind did the work for me, blowing it over to my neighbor and the furthrt into wetlands area. But n ow I haz a fence.
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I usually mulch them in as long as I can and end up raking 2-3 times before I call it for the year. This year I have given very little attention to my yard, so I have more cleanup to do going in to the season.
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I used to rake them onto a tarp then drag them into the woods over a weekend. Now, I go away hunting, I come back and they are magically gone and my bank account is a little smaller.
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I can't add anything useful to this since I only have pine trees. So I agree with the drink beer option - or rum in my case.
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I mow my grass shorter in the fall, so what small amount of leaves do fall, blow into the neighbors yard.
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I mow them multiple times so they are in small pieces and leave them on the lawn....always gone by spring
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just pay a young kid it your town south American wages to rake and haul them away
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