The Aftermath of Fall Foliage

@BelleStarr (31177)
Portland, Connecticut
November 7, 2015 5:59pm CST
We have a big yard, 3/4 of an acre. We have lots of trees, they have given us a wonderful fall foliage show. Now the show is over and the ground has a 6 inch layer of leaves. My husband was feeling overwhelmed. I told him to ask one of our grandsons for help. We got the bonanza, three grandsons arrived today with some heavy duty equipment from our son. They worked with hubby so hard and now it looks almost clear. I took everyone out for lunch and told they boys we want to pay them. They said lunch was payment enough. I don't think it is enough and I will sneak them all some money. We are lucky to have a caring family. How are you dealing with your fall foliage aftermath?
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• Lakewood, Colorado
8 Nov 15
The strength of your grandsons and your family, the willingness of them to help is so touching and so good. It is invaluable. I wish our family was likewise.
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
8 Nov 15
These grandsons are a treasure, they are 22, 17 and 16 and all brothers. They are so much fun too. I know I am blessed.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
8 Nov 15
@BelleStarr Indeed Belle. Good lads they are.
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@Freelanzer (6413)
• Canada
8 Nov 15
I can so relate to you. I too have a big yard with lots of full grown trees not to mention my neighbor's trees and the trees on the boulevard. Since we had a mild fall, our maple tree has just started to shed its leaves and it is a royal mess.
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
25 Nov 15
I feel for you and hope that by this time you have gotten all that pesky foliage cleaned up.
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• Canada
25 Nov 15
@BelleStarr All done and just in time as the snow is here
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@jstory07 (57068)
• Roseburg, Oregon
8 Nov 15
My husband and I spend two days getting rid of all of the leaves. We have a big tree.
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
25 Nov 15
Imagine multiplying that by 10 and you have my yard. lol
@jaboUK (50125)
• United Kingdom
8 Nov 15
I've been trying to clear them each day, but I'm fighting a losing battle. There are still more to come down. I wish I had some grandsons!
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
8 Nov 15
lol Grandson are great, we have 6 of them and these 3 were a great help and they are fun to be with too!!
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@just4him (89176)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Nov 15
My front yard has a good layer. Not so much the back even though it is surrounded by trees.
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
8 Nov 15
It is so good to finally have them under control, it is a big weight off my husband's shoulders.
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
8 Nov 15
Even i am glad to have such a great family. But as my mom is the best, she does such works alone without calling us.
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
8 Nov 15
My husband did this for years but he is getting older and it is too much now to do alone.
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• Thiruvananthapuram, India
8 Nov 15
@BelleStarr indeed i too think so. I hope you do help him to get those cleaned. Am i right?
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
8 Nov 15
@rahulvsmokiee No, I am not into leaves but then he isn't into laundry so it works out!! lol
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@PainsOnSlate (19021)
• Canada
25 Nov 15
Our lot has a ravine in the back, Its a green space owned by the government and can't be built on. But It makes a great place to deposit the leaves every fall. Across the street you see people filling bags but on the ravine side everyone rakes or blows the leaves to fall down the drop into the ravine.
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
25 Nov 15
We have a small woods behind our house and it was the destination of our leaves for years but hubby decided to bring them to the dump with his trailer this year.
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• Canada
25 Nov 15
@BelleStarr They compost into dirt when left alone in the woods, our leaves if we bag them are taken to a town compost pile that eventually becomes dirt used in local gardens.
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
25 Nov 15
@PainsOnSlate Ours don't seem to do that in our little woods I am not quite sure why.
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@JudyEv (96960)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
We don't have problems with leaves so we're lucky. We also don't have the wonderful autumn displays that you have. Them's the breaks I guess.
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
8 Nov 15
Yes it is a double edged sword, you get this beautiful display but it creates such a lot of work after it is over. Luckily this year it wasn't torrential rains that made them all fall off the trees , that makes it so much harder to clear up. Wet leaves are of course very heavy.
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@JudyEv (96960)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
@BelleStarr When we left Ireland the leaves were starting to fall and I thought they looked so lovely drifting down from the trees.
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
8 Nov 15
@JudyEv and so they do and if we had a gardener I would be able to enjoy them more lol.
@Juliaacv (22100)
• Canada
8 Nov 15
That was great to have the help of such young strong guys for fall cleanup. We have 8 trees in our back yard, but 7 of them are in the evergreen family so only 1 of them sheds leaves. Since we live in a rural area, we rely on the wind to move a lot of the leaves. One of our trees in the front yard produces tiny little leaves that get everywhere! They are too small to rake, we are skimming them off of the pond every day but that is about the extent to how we can clean those up. I did notice yesterday that the trees in our front yard are bare of any leaves now.
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
25 Nov 15
You are lucky to have so few leaves with so many trees. Ours are maples and oaks and while they give us a great foliage show they have sooo many leaves.
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@Juliaacv (22100)
• Canada
25 Nov 15
@BelleStarr Our neighbours have maple and birch trees. Both look beautiful until they fall off of the trees and blow into our yard. And somehow the pond seems to be like a magnet for all of the leaves because they all end up there. It keeps my husband hopping to keep the pond filter cleaned at this time of the year.
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
25 Nov 15
@Juliaacv lol yes the pool seems to be a magnet too. We finally cut down the tree closest to the pool last year. I am glad it is mostly done for the year.
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@allknowing (55139)
• India
8 Nov 15
Getting family to help is really a gift. Its not just work but getting together and working together
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
25 Nov 15
We have always been close to our grandsons and we realize how blessed we are.
@allknowing (55139)
• India
25 Nov 15
@BelleStarr Love begets love can be aptly applied here
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
25 Nov 15
@allknowing Thank you so much for saying that.
• United States
9 Nov 15
@Belle what sweet grandsons you have! You are sweet to reward them too! Family is a great blessing!
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
25 Nov 15
They are indeed a great bunch of boys and we are so lucky.
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• United States
25 Nov 15
@BelleStarr they grow up way too fast!
@lokisdad (4307)
• United States
9 Nov 15
Our kids love the pretty colors and I don't have to worry about that anymore there isn't a tree close to me to put many leaves in my yard anymore.
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
9 Nov 15
When our kids were young they loved to jump in the piles of leaves, oh heck I liked doing it too@@
@lokisdad (4307)
• United States
9 Nov 15
@BelleStarr my wife likes them but she won't roll in them she said you know animals poop is in the leaves right? I laughed and said I will take that as a no you won't join us.
• United States
8 Nov 15
i've that trouble out in the back (most'f the trees either perished from the drought/'r 're evergreens in the front) 'n whilst the ground's covered in leaves, most're still green 'n attached to the trees. once it's all o'er, i'll shred 'em with the mulcher 'n let'em do their job. 'fter gatherin' up some wheelbarrow's full to add to gomer (compost pile) 'n usin' some's mulch fer some new plantin' done earlier this autumn. yes ma'am, yer most fortunate to 've 'em come to help ya out. here it jest aint so 'n e'en the hubs don't bother with 'em.
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
25 Nov 15
They did such a good job that even now the last of the leaves wasn't enough to make it look less than pristine.
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• United States
27 Nov 15
@BelleStarr sure, rub't in some more, lol. i sooooo long fer spring! the return 'f schtuff comin' up anew 'n that warm sunshine 'pon my face.
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9 Nov 15
my boys usually rake, but sometimes it just gets mowed by my husband.
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
9 Nov 15
In the first days of leaves falling hubby did mow but the amount of leaves that we have now made that impossible. It would have killed the grass next spring.
@GreatMartin (4313)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
8 Nov 15
Ah and people ask if I miss the seasons--I don't!! We don't have a problem with 'Fall Foliage' but later on when the 26 Royal Queen Crepe Myrtle trees lose their leaves it feels/looks like Fall!
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
8 Nov 15
I will be happy to send you some if you miss the frozen north!! lol
@LadyDuck (118527)
• Switzerland
8 Nov 15
Most of the leaves are still on the trees. I think I already told that there is a small river running near one side of our garden, well I have a blower, the water will do the rest.
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
8 Nov 15
We have enough leaves to stop up a small river lol. It feels good to see the ground again.
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@salonga (27969)
• Philippines
8 Nov 15
That was a lot of job and nice that they came to help you out. We have not Falls so I need not deal with the aftermath.
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
25 Nov 15
That is good and bad, the foliage is gorgeous in the fall.
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@DeborahDiane (15871)
• Laguna Woods, California
8 Nov 15
It can be a huge job to take care of a big lot with lots of trees.
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
25 Nov 15
It is but I an't imagine having a yard without trees.
@epiffanie (8342)
• Australia
8 Nov 15
I can imagine how overwhelming it is to keep that yard tidy after the fall and when winter comes .. We too have huge garden and it can be overwhelming indeed..
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@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
25 Nov 15
It has gotten to be more than my husband can handle without help, he hates to admit it but it's true.