Thursday, October 14, 2010
Rake 'em, if you got 'em! Ya, they're almost mesmerizing now, but in another three weeks, they'll be the bane of homeowners. Once the 'leaf peepers' head back home in a few weeks, it'll be up to us to clear up the damage. Back in my teens, it got to my job on Stevens and Coyle to rake the leaves into the street set the piles on fire. But, of course, that's a no no these days. Now at our house, we've raked them into tarps and lugged them to the field and in other years to the compost pile. These autumns, I just mulch the leaves by driving my riding mower over them, again and again pushing them towards the street. After that, I just let the autumn winds do their thing. 'What God has joined together let no man put asunder'... except when it comes to that painstaking job each November of raking dead, brown leaves off my front lawn.