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1/16/13 12:19 P

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not to mention they're beautiful. my wedding bouquets were red maple leaves and teasel.

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10/10/12 8:43 P

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Just thought of another thing leaves do for our environment. They provide food and shelter for many of our insect buddies. Some caterpillars overwinter by rolling up in a leaf for protection, then emerge as butterflies in the spring.
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10/10/12 8:29 P

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Aren't leaves just great?!? So beautiful, great shade in summer, fall off and allow the warmth of sunshine through in winter. And they cleanse our atmosphere by using carbon dioxide and giving off oxygen! I live in the city, and if I rake my leaves to the curb, the city will come around and collect them. They take them to a site where they are composted in great heaps, and I can go and get compost for my yard/ gardening. I don't rake them all: there are plenty here to leave under bushes, roses, etc. When I was a kid, my dad raked the elderly neighbor lady's leaves for her, and then my sisters and I jumped and played in the piles. Great memories of good times more than half a century ago.
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10/8/12 10:36 A

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This inspires me to go rake an elderly person's yard. It will help them, the environment & I'll benefit with exercise, fresh air and satisfaction!

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10/16/11 10:16 A

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I didn't know that about pecan leaves, but I'm another of those who gets leaves from the neighbors. I'm just careful not to take anything from the weedless yards of the chemlawn crowd.

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10/8/11 7:39 P

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I've learned an important lesson last year...pecan leaves mulched makes for bad compost instead of fertile. So, this year, I'm planning on putting all the pecan mulch in areas where I don't want weeds or anything else to grow.

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10/8/11 3:52 P

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when my children were small (ages ago) i use to send them to the neighbors to rake leaves in exchange for the bags of leaves raked.....most people paid them for raking the yards and gladly gave them the free leaf litter. Fall leaves are a great boost to the compost pile....those leaves my kids raked and retrieved home turned my sandy soil into a humus rich garden plot.

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10/7/11 9:41 P

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It's that time of year again and for unacceptable reasons people will burn their leaves
I rake them up in a pile and use the lawn mower to mulch them up. In fact I have gone as far as raking the neighbors leaves and mulching them up. I'll use the mulch around the rose bushes and flower beds, cover the trees I have growing in containers, and throw the rest in a compost pile

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