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In fact, I'm still having a friend mowing the lawn 50% of the time so I can spend more time with others.
I've been anxious about the leaf situation. Honestly, with my back issues, I was worried.
The only thing I could think of was to pay someone to blow them into piles by the road and then get them sucked up and taken away.
Oh my mulchy heart! I have so relied on leaves for winter mulch for years! My poor naked beds! So I am trying something else.
H. has a powerful z-turn mower. Right now the ash trees are dropping leaves fast (they always go before frost) so he just chopped them up. Maybe that would be the way to go. Just let them break down in the grass. At least I wouldn't have to pay for blowing and removal. Still....
Then H. voiced my own thought: bag up the chopped leaves. I dunno. Didn't look like they would amount to much.
What the heck. The next day I set the Snapper to high - no grass cutting, just leave vac'ing. Wow! I had no idea how much ALREADY SHREDDED LEAF mulch there was. (Well, DUH - his mowing didn't remove any leaves - just reorganized them.) Fortunately I'd cleaned out most of the veg bed so it was ready for mulching as was the swing bed. Riding the mower, dumping the bagger of light, crispy mulch was hardly any strain at all.
Both beds got piles of the stuff. Later, a little leaf-rake action and VOILA. Two beds mulched and nice clean lawns ready for the next leaf-fall (probably after frost).
What new thing have you tried that surprised you? Made your work load a little easier?