Saturday, October 18, 2008

Do you have trees? and a Contest!

Do you have trees? I was asked that question yesterday at work.
This was a question asked by a new homeowner, someone who shares almost the same predicaments i do when it comes to being a first time homeowner. My co-worker and I swap stories about the perils of being a homeowner. We shake our heads, laugh, kinda cry, and point and each other and say, You too? I KNEW you would be the only one who understands my leaf hell!
At least i am not in this alone.
Do I have trees? Yes, I do. One big giant maple tree that loves to shed its leaves creating the most monstrous display of leaves one has ever seen. Although I try and keep up, there is no end in sight!
This is the public enemy number 1:


This is the first bag of leaves:


This is what i will be doing for the next 10 years:

I have now raked 2 bags of leaves. If you can guess how many bags it will take to rake up my whole yard, You will win a prize. A really good prize... like your own leaf collage that i will be making and you can proudly display on your wall in remembrance of me and my former life of a girl who once had a life.
Actually there will be a prize.. Like a gift card to Target, or something similar. I'm serious about this. I dare you to guess how many bags it will take me to do the job!

15 comments :

Heather of the EO said...

Is there something in your hammock?

Sorry I got distracted...

I just leave the leaves there. Is that breaking a MN law?

Just checking.

*MARY* said...

I'm reporting Heather to the MN department of leaf management right now.

11 bags

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K and/or K said...

17

...sensible of shoe said...

I'll say 12 but I expect them to be tightly packed, no fluffy bags just so to K & K win.

joolee said...

I'm gonna go with 7. Sure beats the 56 that we have.

Lori said...

I just bagged 23 bags from our 4 small yards, so I'll guess 15. a lot of the bags were pine needles though!

jodilee0123 said...

35--get to work! If you rake a big pile, me and Jakob will come over and jump in them!!

Heather of the EO said...

I forgot to guess a number. What's wrong with me?

I'll say 23

Heather said...

I say 2 bags because you should stop right now and leave the leaves where they are so they can compost and rejuvenate your lawn with lots of great nutrients (like nitogen and what-not) when they break-down over the winter.

(That's an Indiana tip for you... not a lot of raking in our neck of the woods. It's kind of a "green" thing.)

Ellen said...

I was gonna say 7, but somebody else did, so I'm guessing 8. But I haven't read your most recent posts, so maybe you've already awarded the prize...

MOM said...

I will say 16 I can't remember how many BUddy and I did when you moved in and they were heavy and wet. I do love that maple tree.MOM

jaime said...

Yeah... I'm with heather... leave the leaves! Don't you like the way it sounds when you walk through them? Plus... you have a fence around your yard! Your neighbors will never know!

Or mow them. Good fertilizer.

jodilee0123 said...

If you leave your leaves without mulching them or grinding them up. . .they will wreck your grass. Mold will grow. It's kind of icky. I don't think the snow covers the grass in Indiana like it does here--so it probably works there. I think a mower that mulches and bags your grass/leaves would be a great investment. Time to hit craigslist! :0)

...sensible of shoe said...

Is there a winner yet?

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