The Party’s Over. . . . . . Clean-Up Time

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Have  you ever wondered what happens to all these colorful leaves after the celebration of all that is autumn?  Just like any party, there is clean-up after the trees are bare,  and a need for order. . . . . even for colorful, fallen leaves. When the windy rain of late October and November comes, the leaves fall quickly.  The first year we moved to New York and had a back yard full of Maple trees…..and leaves all over the ground, I didn’t rake.  I saw others doing it but I didn’t want to be bothered. I learned a lesson about procrastination the next spring. After the snow melted, I was left with dead, brown, wet,messy, moldy leaves!  I don’t know what I was thinking, but for sure the leaf leprechauns did not come during the dark of winter to do my job!

The next year and for falls to come, the children and I would turn raking the leaves into a game.  They would jump into the piles and roll around.PSR24_2 Finally, we would rake them into a big pile onto a sheet.61WDQR5HG1L Next we grabbed the corners, carried, and dragged the leaves on the  sheet to the street to pile them along the curb.

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I remember seeing these leaf vacuum trucks for the first time.  I had never seen one in Virginia, Maryland or Kansas, but there were not so many trees there.  The city announces  the route of the special trucks and as long as your leaves are on the street, they will be removed.  Some people like to run the mower over the leaves to turn them into tiny pieces, first. 6a00e554503eee88330120a66f14f4970b-800wi

We always just raked and fed the leaf vacuum. images (66)

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Different groups such as Youth Groups from churches, and fraternities will either volunteer to help their neighbors or work for a small fee.


This is a leaf blower which is helpful to cut down on the raking and the blisters on your hands!  Be sure to wear  gloves either way to protect your hands.


And if you don’t get your leaves on the curb in a timely manner, there is another alternative….biodegradable bags which when filled and neatly placed, the regular trash removal with take.   And this is the rest of the story, more than you ever wanted to know about living in Upstate New York! images (64)

Namaste. . . . . . This is early November in Upstate New York!

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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9 Responses to The Party’s Over. . . . . . Clean-Up Time

  1. sknicholls says:

    My dad always left them on the ground to “fertilize the grass” Ha!


  2. OyiaBrown says:

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.


  3. atkokosplace says:

    Great story. Making it into a game every year sounds so fun! Hot chocolate or apple cider to follow! How fun. Thanks for sharing 🙂


  4. Don Ostertag says:

    I mulch them with the lawn tractor and leave them ‘fertilize the lawn’.


  5. pflead73 says:

    Nice ways to clean-up 🙂


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