Drop 'Em Already!!!

@Corbin5 (78665)
United States
November 13, 2017 2:22pm CST
The maple tree in front of our home belongs to the suburb in which we live. It is not our tree. It is a lovely maple tree in summer, but it is one big mess in the fall and winter. That maple tree hangs onto its leaves for as long as possible, and when those leaves drop, our entire front yard is covered with its leaves. In December, my husband and I are out there raking masses of leaves when it is freezing cold. We often are raking leaves that are covered with snow or on top of snow. It is not easy to pry frozen leaves from the front yard with a rake. When layers of leaves are frozen solid, no way can we suck them up or blow them in piles using our handy blower/vacuum/mulcher. I would not be unhappy if that maple tree died, and an early-dropper-of-leaves tree was planted in its place, but alas, we do not have any say about that maple tree. Stupid tree.
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@sallypup (20701)
• Moses Lake, Washington
13 Nov
Pretty tree. I'd love to have a maple tree. Just not the climate for it. My childhood was spent in a country that had vine maples trees in its woods. I miss their lovely sprawl.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Nov
It is pretty in spring and summer, but is a problem in fall. Oh well, I just hope we do not have to rake in the snow again. That never works out well.
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@sallypup (20701)
• Moses Lake, Washington
13 Nov
@Corbin5 I'm a slob. I never get around to raking leaves. Its good humus for the garden, though.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
14 Nov
@sallypup Those leaves are valuable when it comes to helping things grow. Around here, so many have lawn services that keep the lawns really nice, and even those like us who do it themselves do a good job. We need a lawn guy or we need to move.
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@jaboUK (50127)
• United Kingdom
13 Nov
I know exactly what you mean. We are surrounded by trees, none of them ours, and we are plagued by leaves. I really get fed up with all that raking.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Nov
My husband could mow them and chop them up, but they usually drop when there is snow on the ground and mowing snow just does not work out.
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@jaboUK (50127)
• United Kingdom
13 Nov
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@Courtlynn (47143)
• United States
13 Nov
We had a big tree right out back of apartment.. we couldnt do nothing about it either. But thankfully when new people took over, they cut down all the trees that were within a certain distance of the apartments.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Nov
That is good to hear those trees were cut down. Trees are pretty, but they can be a problem too.
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@Courtlynn (47143)
• United States
14 Nov
@Corbin5 oh definitely. Every bad storm we thought the tree was going to fall on the house, especially at night when in bed.
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@amadeo (46152)
• United States
13 Nov
have someone take a look at it and decide there.That is what we did her on ours
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Nov
The suburb usually sends guys around to trim and check the trees, but apparently, the one in the photo is just fine.
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@amadeo (46152)
• United States
13 Nov
@Corbin5 I see.
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@marlina (60723)
• Canada
13 Nov
It is certainly easier to rake the leaves before the weather turns so cold.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Nov
One man stopped his car and asked if he could take a picture of all the yellow leaves on the snow. I told to go right ahead. Raking leaves in snow just does not work out well.
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• Preston, England
13 Nov
impressive tree - I love maple syrup
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Nov
It is pretty in summer, but a pain in fall.
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• Preston, England
14 Nov
@Corbin5 is that just from shedding leaves? That can be a nuisance here too with our trees losing their leaves
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
14 Nov
@arthurchappell Yes, and when they all drop at once, it is near to impossible to remove them.
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@DianneN (57247)
• United States
14 Nov
Our maples are still mostly green except for the red Japanese maples. I want those leaves down for our final lawn cleanup. Very frustrating.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
14 Nov
Yes, having to rake those leaves so late in the season really makes for a lot of work that is even harder if the temperatures are freezing. A gentleman last year stopped his car and asked if he could take a photo of the all those beautiful leaves all over the snow. I said, "Sure." I suppose failed to see the beauty of those leaves all over the snow.
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@DianneN (57247)
• United States
14 Nov
@Corbin5 We now have them blown, but I certainly wouldn't think they looked too pretty on top of snow. Heck, I can't even look at snow anymore! lol
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@m_audrey6788 (10309)
• Germany
13 Nov
Oh my! Why those owners of that tree don`t help you?
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Nov
Well, the town we live in owns all trees that line the street, so we just have to put up with it.
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• Germany
13 Nov
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• Philippines
14 Nov
Well, let the leaves fall on it's own. We use to have this problem with falling leaves when we still have the tree.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
14 Nov
Yes, all we can do is rake them up when they fall. It is a lot of raking, but we will get it done.
@snowy22315 (32839)
• United States
14 Nov
The nice thing about maples is that they are so pretty in the Fall though. There is one near my bank that turns the most beautiful shade of scarlet during the Fall.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
14 Nov
Yes, the maples are so pretty, but I noticed this year, our maple really did not put on a very good show.
@andriaperry (30918)
• Anniston, Alabama
14 Nov
Tap that tree this Spring and make maple syrup!
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
14 Nov
We should. It owes us big time!!!
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@cahaya1983 (8180)
• Malaysia
14 Nov
That does sound like tedious work. But if the tree belongs to the suburb, isn't the local council or whatever supposed to send people to do the work then?
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
14 Nov
No, the homeowners have to do to the work. We have to rake the leaves, place the leaves in yard waste bags we buy, and then we have to place a $3 sticker on each yard waste bag to have it picked up and hauled away.
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@JudyEv (96777)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Nov
I can't imagine so many leaves off one tree. Our gum trees drop leaves but not all at once. The truly deciduous trees we have are all down the paddock so we don't worry about their leaves.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
14 Nov
This one just drops the majority all at once. When the leaves are mixed with snow, there is not much we can do.
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@Kandae11 (25590)
13 Nov
That tree seems to be a lot of trouble for you - especially during the winter. You'll probably have to hire someone to rake the leaves.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Nov
Yes, as we get older, we will have to hire someone.
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@JohnRoberts (38791)
• Los Angeles, California
13 Nov
Oh joy. You get rake up after a tree that isn't yours.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Nov
Yes, the suburb owns it. We also have to place the leaves in yard waste bags and slap on a $3 sticker on each bag to have them hauled away.
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@Madshadi (3289)
• Brussels, Belgium
13 Nov
I’m sure there is a way to get that tree removed. Are your neighbors also bothered by it?
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
13 Nov
No, the leaves do not blow into the neighbors yards, but plop right on our front yard.
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@moffittjc (34460)
• Gainesville, Florida
15 Nov
At my last home, I had a beautiful red maple in my front yard, and a beautiful silver maple in my back yard. Although I loved the beauty of those trees during the spring and summer, I could not stand them once they started dropping their leaves each year. Unfortunately, I lost the red maple during Hurricane Frances in 2004, and the silver maple during Hurricane Jean in 2004.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
15 Nov
Well, you got to enjoy them until those hurricanes. We have raked those leaves when the temps are below freezing due to the leaves hanging on for too long.
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@moffittjc (34460)
• Gainesville, Florida
19 Nov
@Corbin5 I was very surprised that the one remaining silver maple in my front yard survived Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew last year, and Irma this year. It must have a great root system!
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
19 Nov
@moffittjc Oh, my. That is a tree that has one fantastic root system. We were pleased yesterday that the high winds blew some of those leaves into the yards of the neighbors. We have raked up the first batch that has fallen, but we will be raking for many days to come.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
17 Nov
I see that tree is going to give you problems, especially if we have an early winter.
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
17 Nov
Yes, one time a gentleman stopped his car and asked if he could take a photo of the leaves all over the snow. He thought that was a pretty sight, but I told him it was not a pretty sight to us, but to just go ahead and take a photo. I should have made him rake the leaves from the snow in exchange for the photo.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
17 Nov
@Corbin5 I doubt he would have.
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@bluesa (11791)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
15 Nov
Oh no, that is a right pain! I hope it will be kind and drop those leaves already!
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
15 Nov
I hope they drop before it snows because it is impossible to rake them with snow on the ground.
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@bluesa (11791)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
17 Nov
@Corbin5 I will hope that for you too. I have never had to deal with snow.
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@dgobucks226 (5976)
15 Nov
That is a dilemma! If only the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz could pay you a visit. He even has his own axe It is a bummer....I have late falling leaves too. The majority our from my neighbor's overhanging huge trees
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@Corbin5 (78665)
• United States
15 Nov
Yes, we need the Tin Man. Raking leaves mixed with snow is one mighty task.
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15 Nov
@Corbin5 And you can never get them all. One wind storm and magically leaves are on your lawn again
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