Last week’s wind and rain had the locust leaves coming down like snow.
Sunday, October 6:
Sunday, October 6
Wednesday, October 9: Mark took advantage of a break in the weather on Tuesday to turn the garden pots upside down to let the rainwater drain away. Another inch of rain fell the next day so it was perfect timing.
Perfect timing for the pots but the rain overflowed the gutters which told us they were stuffed with leaves. You can clearly see the line in the leaves where the water came over the gutters. Mark typically gets up on the roof to clean the gutters a few times in the fall but the rain has kept things too wet to do that.
Sunday, October 14: No denying the season anymore. Note how much more the deck is awash in little golden Locust leaves.
The ground under and near the biggest Locust tree is covered in leaves.
Since it had been dry for a few days and rain was again predicted for Sunday night, Mark got up on the roof to blow down the leaves and scoop out the ones in the gutters. The view before he started.
You can see the problem!
Once the deck was buried in all those additional Locust leaves, I told Mark that I would deal with them.
He blew them into a great mass which I then attacked with a broom, a rake, a huge dust pan and big plastic contractor's bags.
Once the garden dies back and I clean everything up, then I will take my bags of Locust leaves and put them down on the garden as fall mulch.
I don't usually put down a fall mulch on the assumption that the snow will be the protective cover. But last winter's lack of snow suggests that I should not count on snow to do the job. I'm not taking any chances this year.