Busy with the leaves

Last weekend I was busy, busy, busy with raking the leaves up. I keep telling myself that it is good for the waistline, but then my back tells me that I need a rest! Who do I listen to? Eventually I have to listen to my back and give it a rest for a while before I can continue, this means that not all the raking was done in a day, I had to spread it over 3 days. Thank goodness we are having a very quiet spell of weather at the moment with hardly any wind, so the lawns are now still relatively free of leaves for a change.

I’ve made a start in the back garden.

and at the same time I made a start in the side garden.

Thank goodness there weren’t many Acer leaves on the lawn, these leaves are mostly oak, ash and horse chestnut.

Soon raked up into piles ready for the pile of leaf mould in the woodland.

The back lawn was soon the same.

The side lawn back to green again.

and the same with the back lawn, I wonder how long it will stay green?

The next day I tackled the circular lawn where the leaves were mostly field maple and oak.

But it was this morning, Tuesday, before I could get out and move the leaves to the woodland for them to rot down.

I will now wait and see what the weather brings us, will we get a gale that will bring the next lot of leaves down, or will I get a rest before the rake has to come out again? Any leaves that come down today can hopefully be collected as Derek cuts the grass tomorrow and I can get back to cutting back and tidying up, which should mean no more raking of leaves until at least next weekend, my back will be very grateful!

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8 Responses to Busy with the leaves

  1. Jeanette says:

    I love your blog. Please tell me how you move the piles of leaves to another location.

    • Pauline says:

      Moving them is the easy part Jeanette, I put them in my wheelbarrow and any that don’t fit in get put in a bin bag on top, they are then wheeled into the woodland where they rot down over the coming year to make wonderful leaf mould.

      • Jeanette says:

        Thank you. I thought possibly you raked them over a tarp and dragged them. I’ll try using my wheelbarrow. I want to move my front yard leaves to my back yard.

  2. Cathy says:

    The end result of leaf raking or sweeping is so satisfying, and your series of tranformational photos illustrates the point – well done! I made a start with our leaves yesterday and have a few piles ready to bag up – but sweeping them up from hard surfaces will be easier than raking them up from grass I think…

    • Pauline says:

      I find raking the leaves on the lawn quite soporific Cathy and I leave the ones on the gravel and paving to Derek when he comes. There are lots more down today with the cold north wind so I’ll be back out there with my rake this afternoon or maybe tomorrow!

  3. snowbird says:

    It’s certainly a never ending task over autumn. Hopefully all the leaves will will down in a few more weeks. It’s sure is backbreaking work. I try to leave it to the wind.xxx

    • Pauline says:

      With gales forecast for this weekend Dina, I think most will be down by then. When the north wind came the other day, the leaves did all blow into the woodland, but then I will still have to clear them away ready for “snowdrop time” which will all start in a few weeks! x

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