It's Time For Yard Work. Yea!

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  1. Diane Lane

    Diane Lane Very Well-Known Member
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    I've been sweeping the driveway when I can. I have a tree in my front yard and the neighbor has one just at the edge of my driveway, both of which drop leaves and also crunchy things. I think the neighbor said mine's a china berry tree. The crunchy things are like an alarm system, because walking or driving over them makes loud noise, so I try to keep it swept when they're falling. I also try to keep the random pecans swept up, because I've twisted my ankle on them in the past. The pecan tree is out back, just on my other neighbor's side of our shared fence, but the squirrels drop them in the driveway occasionally, and I'm sure the wind does, as well. I have also been regularly sweeping the leaves off the balcony. I have quite a few in the back yard, but I think I'm going to leave those for a bit, in the hope that they'll kill the weeds.
     
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  2. Yvonne Smith

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    We usually leave all of the fallen leaves in the yard over the winter to help protect the ground. Our yard slopes downhill towards the road, and when it rains, we lose dirt. The roots of the trees are exposed where dirt has washed away. What it needs is a truckload of good dirt,and then replanted. That is not going to happen for a while; so just keeping it covered with leaves during the rainy season helps a lot, and then in the spring , we rake and compost the old leaves when the grass starts coming up again.
     
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  3. K E Gordon

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    Some of the trees are starting to drop their leaves now, and they needed to be raked up. Last year, I didn't do much of it, and I ended up with a bunch of dead patches on the lawn. I also have a bit of grass to mow, although it is not growing much this time of the year. I have gas to put in the mower, but it has been sitting quite a long time, and my guess is the battery is dead. Roomie will put it on his charger if that is the case, but it is all such a hassle!
     
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  4. Ken Anderson

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    I don't mind having leaves on my lawn, but I rake them up to add to my compost pile. There's nothing better than a layer of household wastes, followed by a layer of leaves, etc.
     
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    Well luckily the rider started. The thing is so geriatric..Lord know's how old it really is, I bought it used. Anyway, so that is one good thing. They said on the news our leaves won't peak until Nov. 5, and they will drop after that, so I will be doing my raking in Mid November I guess. The deck gets totally full of leaves too, because I have tree branches that almost overhang it. I have a leaf blower to deal with those babies though!
     
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    We have started on the spring yardwork. The bushes along the fence line between us and the next door neighbors had really grown, so we took the pruners and chopped them back. Bobby used the long ones for the. Larger branches, and i got the smaller ones with the regular pruners.
    Then , we had this huge pile of branches in the back yard; so Bobby ordered a small electric Chipper from Amazon, and he has been turning the branches into nice mulch. I put some around the strawberries after we got last winter's leaves cleared out, and the weeds that were starting to grow around the berry plants, even under the leaves and pine needles.
    The chipper/shredder takes branches up to 1 1/2"; so it works great for the smaller stuff we cut down, and anything larger than that, we will just cut the branches off, and then use the main piece as a gardening stake somewhere.
    The neighbor has a grove of old pine trees, which (of course) shed pine needles constantly; but they collect over the winter, so it is always a huge mess to clean up the next spring, where the tow property lines meet and the pine trees are just on the other side of the fence.
    It is mainly in the front yard, and I have started raking those up now, too. Still a lot to go to find the lawn however.
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  7. Gary Ridenour

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    brings back memories for me. but now the complex does all this so can't say i miss it. when i had my home I put mulching blades on the riding mower. that's how i cut grass and took care of leaves. for seed spreading this:
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    I think next month is weed and feed time???
     
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    Today I worked outside in the yard and raked up some of the pine needles that are along the side next to our neighbor that has pine trees. Then I dug up some of the tubers from the sunchokes, and after I did that, I decided that it was a good time to start cultivating around the roses and blueberry bushes out front.
    When I was cultivating, I even found more of the sunchoke tubers; so that actually turned out to be a great way to get them out of the ground. My electric cultivator is called a "Green Machine", and it has two little digger arms that go through the soil; so it is different than an actual cultivator tiller.
    I also have one of those; but it seems like the Green Machine does the best job of breaking the dirt up at first, and then I can take the other tiller and till it up good.
    I found one on eBay that is a Black and Decker and uses the battery pack, and it was one of those "make an offer" sales; so I got it for $36+shipping. the ones on Amazon were starting out at almost $100 and then went up from there; but this one should be lightweight and easy for me to use, and I won't have to drag around the extension cord all of the time. I al excited about getting it !
    I just got that set of weedeater and leaf blower a few weeks ago at a yard sale, and I really like using them. They do not last too long. Before they need re-charged; but then......... neither do I .
    My fitness tracker said that I have walked over 2 miles today, just doing the yard work, and now I am done for the day.
     
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    I think I saw a spot of actual ground in the driveway today.
     
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    Our weather has been perfect....don't need air or heat and these are the few weeks that I like the best.
     
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