November 6, 2010
Raking Leaves

Norwegian maple trees keep their leaves very late, and we have THREE so we're always in a race to get the leaves raked before they are buried in snow.  We used to just rake them over the flower beds but the last couple of years Ottawa maples have been infected with blight, and the only "treatment" is to remove infected leaves from the yard.  We've noticed a big improvement since we started doing this, although it's a lot more work! 

 

Luckily, Elizabeth likes to help, as long as she doesn't spot any scary worms in the dirt.  When she gets bored, she pushes her pets up and down the driveway in her little pink stroller.  She'd like to push Mommy up and down the driveway too.  I explained that I was much too big for the stroller.  So then she thought maybe she could push Daddy instead...

 

She helped us plant some tulip bulbs too, throwing each bulb into the ground one at a time.  "One, Two, Three, BOOM!" she yelled.  Between the toddler version of "planting" and the squirrels, it will be amazing if any come up...


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On November 9, 2010 at 08:03 am
Grandpa H said:
My goodness, what happened to your yard? No boat... no scrap lumber... ;) Looks great!
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On November 9, 2010 at 08:03 am
Grandpa H said:
My goodness, what happened to your yard? No boat... no scrap lumber... ;) Looks great!
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On November 9, 2010 at 05:05 pm
Rachel said:
Wow! Those are some huge leaves!! We always leave our leaves on the ground because a) we're lazy, b) they're pretty, and c) there's not much risk to them being covered in snow.
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On November 11, 2010 at 10:19 am
Grandma H. said:
1-2-3 Boom!? Where does that come from?Sounds like enormous fun, Elizabeth.

Re bulbs, try some that squirrels don't want, like snowdrops or "species" tulips. One site suggests putting wire or boards or lawn furniture over the place where you planted until the ground freezes: and planting over 10" deep.


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