All the leaves are brown

Filed under: — jen

Out here in the ‘burbs people are obsessed with leaves, specifically the leaves that have the gall to wither and die in the Autumn and make a mess of their pristine, golf course-like lawns.

In our neighbourhood people spend small fortunes to have someone come with their leaf-blowers and their tarps or their giant leaf vacuums to remove every last bit of Mother Nature’s fall bounty.

Being former city-folk, and not knowing all the rules, we left our leaves right where they were last year.

As it turns out, this is the equivalent to having one or more cars up on blocks on your front lawn.

This year I had a cursory check into what it would cost to have our leaves professionally removed and quickly decided that it would be better to put the money aside for shoes emergency household repairs.

Why pay someone to do it when we could do it ourselves Mark could do it himself?

7 Responses to “All the leaves are brown”

  1. michele Says:

    I can read under the lines, don’t you try and fool me. No sane woman would choose leaf removal over new shoes. To hell with the neighbours, worry about pretty feet.

  2. Fi Says:

    Amen. Shoes versus leaf removal? No contest. But I guess you’ll just have to be prepared for the neighbourhood ostracism :)

  3. Mark Says:

    I was out there raking all weekend! I was up and out at 7am and I raked until at least 10pm. Then I did the same thing on Sunday. We now have a pristine lawn. No thanks to my blog exploding wife…

  4. Marie Says:

    I alway thought that the leaves falling to the ground served an ecological function - like providing nutrients to the grass through the winter. I just leave them - no pun intended :grin:

  5. JNo Says:

    Darling, put the crack pipe down.

  6. Garth Says:

    It would be cool to find a way to use the collected leaves for some neat way of making beer, or curing cancer or something. Then everybody’d be like “hey, can I rake your leaves?”.

  7. Greg Says:

    Hi there.. great post.. go for the shoes. Funny you should write all this about suburbanites and their lawns/leafs. I wrote something quite similar a month or so ago on my blog, after a buddy talked about his boy mowing in imperfect lines.. here’s the link.

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