Its Fall again, and anyone who lives in the Northern part of the US knows its also time to rake up the yard. I live in a very wooded neighborhood so I've had to rake my yard once a week for the past three weeks now. It sucks, but it has to be done. After all, I spent a lot of time this summer getting my new dirt and moss patch turned into a lush green lawn. But its not there yet because I'm waiting for spring to do some real lawn magic (my new hobby). Now I've really been trying to reduce the amount of waste I put on the curb lately, so I mulch all my yard waste instead of bag it. My mower does a great job with the lawn clippings too. Not only does it reduce my waste, but it also adds natural fertilizer to the lawn. The idea is to perform tasks that cut out a lot of waste in one shot. It works with fall leaves as well because I can rake them into a huge pile, and mulch them into a small pile and cart it to my back yard and dump them. I live in the city so my yard is small, but not too small where I can't hide a pile of mulch. I digress.
The real reason why I hate this tree is because of what happened Sunday. I raked, and I raked and almost every tree had droped leaves except for this maple my front yard. The maple with a full canopy of thick golden leaves. The same maple drops winged seeds all over my driveway and landscaping for three months in the summer too (shallow roots also kills grass :( . I really dont like this tree, but its too big to get rid of it now. Anyway, I had trouble getting my mower to start so I wasted a bunch of time messing with the engine. It turned out I had bad gasoline. I went and bought some fresh fuel and the mower started like a champ. By this time it was already getting dark so I had to finish it all quickly. With my yard clean, the leaves mulched I felt good. I wake up the next morning only to see my yard covered with yellow leaves. Yes thats right! The maple tree drooped 90% of its canopy over night. No rain storm, no wind, no freezing temperatures, they just fell off. I was so pissed, because I dont have the time to clean them until the end of the week. Damn you tree! Rant over.