Luckily the weather was sunny, rather warm and relatively calm yesterday, so I could begin cleaning up all the mess from the previous day's windstorm.
I raked it all up and bagged it, then used the leaf blower for the final cleanup. Unfortunately this will all go to the landfill, as it was too full of large twigs and branches to chop up for the compost pile. I do so need a chipper-shredder!
All cleaned up again.....for now.
I also got a new piece of 4 mil plastic for the spinach bed, cut and stapled on the end pieces, then used one large piece to cover the back, top and front. I put in four more hooks for extra bungee straps to hold it down during windstorms, and it's all weighted down on the front edge to allow for easy removal by just rolling it up on that 1x2 board that's stapled to the front. The spinach got a good sprinkling from the watering can, then was covered up for the night.
The patio and the side yard mess will have to wait for another day. I was too tired to tackle it. At least this is mostly leaves, except for a few large limbs from the neighbor's sycamore, so I can pick them up with the mower and dump them in the compost.
Very tidy! I admire your dedication. The leaves in my garden right now are soggy wet, and not easy to sweep up (otherwise I would follow your example. Honest...)ReplyDelete
Well, Mark, I'm taking a tea break from cleaning up the side yard right now. I think the raking, mowing and hauling those chopped leaves out to the compost is harder work than I did yesterday!Delete
Sometimes it seems never ending picking up all those leaves. We too have had lots of blustery days and were without power for over 2 days last week. Still it seems to have calmed down today and I hope your weather does also.ReplyDelete
Sarah, we are enjoying calm, sunny weather right now, so I have to work fast. It's supposed to start raining later today, and it might be a while before I can get back at the cleanup!Delete
What a mess to clean up. Luckily for us we don't have much of a yard so not too much to rake up. For us the pine needles are more of a problem than leaves are usually.ReplyDelete
Daphne, there is a ton of pine needles in that pile, all the leaves came from the neighbor's sycamore trees. I'm going to remove the mulch from the front flower beds next year, as I can't keep the pine needles raked out of them. I decided bare dirt is the way to go. Not very pleasing to look at, but a lot easier to clean up after these storms hit.Delete
I've just been catching up on your posts Granny! Sorry you've had to deal with all that wind, but you sure have done a good job of it! Congrats on reaching your 1000 pounds. I bought a leaf vac because of a post you wrote about using one last year, and I must say, it was a great investment. Much easier for me to get those leaves chopped and into the garden and compost piles than what I was doing before.ReplyDelete
Nutmeg, I'm using the push mower and bagging these leaves, as there were just too many to tackle with the leaf vacuum. At least I'll be able to use it along the fence line and on the patio.Delete
Wow, Granny, that's a lot of work! We've been bagging our leaves, too, in those big brown bags for the township to collect and compost. My 2 compost bins can't take anymore. Of course, I'll regret it when I see them shrink to nothing by next spring! Now, if only I had a shredder. Oh, the things we all wish for!Can't have them all, can we? :-)ReplyDelete
Mrs. R., I did get the compost bin half filled with chopped leaves today, bagged two more to run through the leaf sucker on another day, and told my neighbor to dump all of her chopped leaves and grass clippings into my bin when she mows tomorrow, so that puts me on the way to next years good compost! I am just worn completely out after two days of this! I see a looooong hot bubble bath in my near future. After I cook dinner and clean the kitchen, of course. :-)Delete
Saw on the news you folks were getting some amazing wind...it's blowing down here, too...not as bad as Washington...but still yucky.ReplyDelete
Lynda, I have it all cleaned up now, so it's time for the next wind storm to hit :-pDelete
I should have called you to come help clean up my garden area (today's post, ha), you are the master. Or is that mistress? Queen?ReplyDelete
Lots of work but it looks great. You rest, you deserve it!
I'm resting. Well, as soon as I get the dishes done I'll rest. You rest too, you deserve it! Gosh, wouldn't we make a good pair?Delete
Oh wow... it makes me tired just looking at all that work you did. And, btw... it looks beautiful!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Gammy Tammy. I did get it finished yesterday, but my body's feeling it today! I'm getting too old for this, LOL!Delete