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As much as I love all things related to wood, stick making, wood carving, camp fires, etc. there is one thing I really could do with a little less of, leaves.

We have spent the last several days raking, blowing, shredding and composting leaves.

Our ash trees have lost all their leaves. Our pines have dropped their old needles. The red, silver & Norway maples are about 1/2 way defoliated. The red buds and linden are almost leafless now. The white oaks are just starting to drop their leaves and the red oaks will hang onto most of their leaves till spring then drop them en mass when the buds start to pop. Seems like from the end of October until the end of April we are constantly cleaning up leaves.

We used to burn them. I remember the smell of Autumn as the pleasant smell of burning leaves. No more though the county has banned the burning of leaves, they provide a leaf vac truck service now.

We do put some out for pick up but shred and compost the rest for our gardens, and the pine needles make an excellent decorative mulch for the flower beds.

I'm not complaining though I planted most of this forest myself over the last 25 years, and we didn't have this problem when most of them were saplings! I just wish they would get in sync and drop them a little more organized it would make for an easier task!

Mark
 

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We have many oak trees, magnolias, and pines along with crapmirtel and others in our neighborhood. There are at lease two trees in every yard an in most three or four.They are just starting drop their leaves. My neighbor to the north has 7 tall ones and is kind enough to share her many leaves with us. I think of buying stock in leafbag manufacturers this time of year.
 

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I don't mind the leaves, it's the nuts I hate. We have a yardfull of shagbark hickorys. They drop a ton of nuts every year, almost as bad as hail sometimes :). They are tasty but too much trouble to shell. The outer shell is a monster and takes forever to decay. Thought about carving some....
 

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I dont have the problem with trees here ,but still have to get rid of dead plants and cut down the grape and clean out the gutters for winter ,always a job this time of year and remove plants from the garden that wont survive the winter before the frost gets them..

It must be all the jobs to do not much stickmaking
 

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The walk to the front door is like walking on ball bearings with the oak nuts. Right now cleaning it twice a day.Thank the lord for blowers.
 
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Looks like i have been given the task of fixing shelves and other fixtures up at my daughters new place ,so its a trip to NEW YORK for me ,lol its just down the road some 10miles for me a small village. but no doubt there will be umpteen jobs to do.when i get there.

and would like to get back in the workshop have a lot of jobs on the go.

Today been to a commite meeting ,and another meeting this afternood and just got back in tonight from a social thing , then tommorow my daughters work to do , hoping to get the rest of the week of.
 
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