October 28, 2010
A sure sign of winter approaching is the falling leaves. We get a lot of leaves because we have 3 large maple trees in our back yard and the neighbours on both sides of us each have a large maple tree. Across the road in front of our house there are more trees that drop leaves, neighbouring properties with lots of trees and our huge, old willow tree. Most of our neighbours rake the leaves up and burn them. One of our neighbours is out almost daily raking or using a leaf blower then bagging the leaves for municipal collection. They pick up leaves and other yard waste for the community compost centre. With the large number of leaves we experience it is almost impossible for us to rely solely on composting though.
We tend to leave the leaves until after the first frost which is really late this year. We still haven't had a frost but I'm not complaining. My husband sets the lawn mower on mulch to take care of a large portion of the leaves. He also uses a leaf vacuum to collect what can't be mulched. We compost what we can and put the rest out for the municipal collection.