The Great Yard Waste Mulching Caper

| 12/3/2013 9:30:00 AM

Old man Winter has taken up residence here in eastern Nebraska. Our first rain/sleet/snow storm visited us a couple weeks ago. Even today skiffs of snow remains as a reminder of the eventful day. The first such day of Winter always brings with it many wrecks on the streets. It's as if between the last snow of the spring and the first snow of the Fall, folks forget how to drive in bad weather. Now that I don't have to go to work, I just remain off the streets for a couple days to allow those that drive crazy to wreck their cars and be eliminated from the traffic.

November has been an extreme physically taxing month. The great yard waste caper began with the falling of the neighborhood leaves. Thursday is yard waste pickup for my neighborhood. Wednesday night dressed in my stealth mode clothes, Ricky (my trusty Ford Ranger truck) and I make our way through the neighborhood hauling load after load back to my yard.

Yard Waste Collection

At the end of the next day (Thursday) because collection continued until the goal of 300 bags was reached. Here lies the collection from the first week of 317 bags. When the collection truck came around the corner and saw the yard their jaws dropped because the rule is there is no limit on the number of bags. I was taking a nap from the physical excertion of the night before and the day of yard waste so as they were ready to dive into taking them away my neighbor that has a spot at Terra Nova Gardens saved the day by flagging them down and telling them not to take them away. Whew, that would have been disappointing.

Loaded Trailer headed for Terra Nova Gardens

1/14/2014 5:49:46 PM

Dave, Until I saw your yard, I had forgotten about raking leaves. Now, I think I'll do a blog on our adventures with autumn leaves. I never could figure out why people raked the leaves off their yard. I thought they were suppose to be there as a sign that fall had arrived...guess I'm wrong. Anyway, thanks for your comments, and the best of a Happy New Year to you and your family.

Linda Dicks
12/6/2013 3:11:15 PM

Sounds like you had a very productive week of cleaning the neighborhood, helping the city maintenance people, preventing weeds and doing your exercises. I have been raking up some of mine and putting in the chicken runs to keep them busy during this ice storm we are having. Toss in some scratch and they mulch the leaves for me.

Mary Carton
12/4/2013 8:08:37 PM

I'm jealous Dave. The Hooligans would have a great time scattering all those bags, paper and all. I've been eyeing some bags of leaves around the hospital I work. Need to get off in daylight to throw them in my truck. Have fun. Mary

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