- Do nothing, let them decompose
- Mulch with a mower
- Rake them into compost
- Hire a company to blow them into a large truck to be hauled away
That seems to be the spectrum. Earlier this week I fell into the third category, rake them into my flower beds (the compost is too far off -- that is where the backyard leaves will go). Before doing so I tossed down an old cotton sheet (thank you purge of 2015 for making me recognize this unneeded item) as well as pizza boxes I had saved for this very purpose last year when our youngest turned 5 with a pizza party at home. Organic material, dosed with water, topped with dead leaves, and dosed with water.
Oddly, around the corner my neighbors took option D. Count them, 6 as in SIX, garden workers, all armed with cordless blowers, returned them to a blanket of green gas. We noticed this on our walk home from school, as I explained to the kids that our warm weather (70s in November in Wisconsin!) is likely due to a hot/cold cycle, but even more so by humans nasty habit of burning fossil fuels, which heat up the earth. And voila, 6 men with blowers caring for your run of the mill semi-urban yard. All I could do was shake my frugal head, and then show the kids how I had taken care of the leaves. To each their own I suppose.
Next I plan to put some of our compost on the top to weigh this down even more. Next Spring we'll try some veggie plants in the ground as well as transplant a few perennials. Have any frugal ideas for our garden? If so, please leave a comment. Thanks for reading.