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Author:  trapperrick [ 19 Oct 2016, 18:07 ]
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Fall is by far and away my favorite time of the year. But, there is one chore I'm not fond of, that is raking leaves. Every year I get out the lawn tractor with the bagger to try and save some work but it ends up being more work because the leaves are so thick that it clogs everything up.

Well, this year has been different. The leaves just started coming down this past weekend and I started using the tractor to stay ahead of them so they don't pile up too thick. Even though it's the third week of archery deer season here in PA I haven't been going out lately because of the unusually warm weather plus the full moon has kept the deer from moving. So, every evening, after work, I've been sucking up leaves.

Before I start.

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When I'm finished.

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Author:  doc9013 [ 19 Oct 2016, 18:45 ]
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Good garden mulch . 8)

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 19 Oct 2016, 20:03 ]
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Looks good Rick. I will be so happy when grass mowing is over & done. I don't have much of an issue with leaves, have cut down all but one tree.

Author:  Chieftain [ 19 Oct 2016, 20:45 ]
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looks like by the trees in the back ground you have more work to come...

Author:  wolf1199 [ 20 Oct 2016, 18:50 ]
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Looks good TR. My leaves have been down for awhile. You bring your carpet sweeper up here next year in late September. Swamp, grass cutting has ended middle of September this year. Going -5 tonight and have a dozen beaver traps to check in Am.

Author:  trappintime [ 20 Oct 2016, 21:01 ]
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Why would a person pick leaves unless he had something to feed them to?

Author:  wolf1199 [ 20 Oct 2016, 21:06 ]
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They make good compost for later.

Author:  trapperrick [ 21 Oct 2016, 19:28 ]
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wolf1199 wrote:
They make good compost for later.


Exactly! They get piled up in the trees next to the house then get tilled into the garden in the spring.

Author:  wolf1199 [ 22 Oct 2016, 19:53 ]
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trapperrick wrote:
wolf1199 wrote:
They make good compost for later.


Exactly! They get piled up in the trees next to the house then get tilled into the garden in the spring.


2 super brains thinking alike, those flat landers don't have enough trees to consider composting so they use other alternatives. :lol:

Author:  trappintime [ 22 Oct 2016, 19:54 ]
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trapperrick wrote:
wolf1199 wrote:
They make good compost for later.


Exactly! They get piled up in the trees next to the house then get tilled into the garden in the spring.


Doesn't that make the lawn suffer shortages?

Author:  wolf1199 [ 22 Oct 2016, 19:56 ]
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Not at all, in fact dead leaves on lawn for next year stops grass growth.

Author:  trappintime [ 22 Oct 2016, 22:04 ]
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wolf1199 wrote:
Not at all, in fact dead leaves on lawn for next year stops grass growth.


Then what is the problem? If you leave the leaf you can quit mowing. Sounds win/win to me. I'm thinking you guys are all nuts. :D

Author:  wolf1199 [ 23 Oct 2016, 19:18 ]
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:roll: maybe a little.

Author:  NonPCfed [ 23 Oct 2016, 20:45 ]
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trappintime- Totally respect your view and for work efficiency you are right, but you got (well, no you don't but just humor me a second) to wrap your head around the fact that a typical American/Canadian lawn is a total cultural construct. It wouldn't exist as it does in the natural world. They contain only a few species of grass, more likely than not non-native to the region, are more heavily watered than natural grass in the area, and far more fertilized per cubic meter than cropland. People generally want to see (and have everyone else as well) their lawns neat and tidy. So, in the fall, that means removing any leaves that end up there. They don't want their lawns to look like the forest floor but like some highly manicured manor garden. Yes, when it comes to house lawns, most people (including myself) are a bit crazy. But everyone gets to blow their time and money in their own way even if it doesn't make the most sense. Freedom is sort of twisted that way...

Author:  trappintime [ 24 Oct 2016, 17:39 ]
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To each their own I guess but it sure seems like spinning your tires to get nowhere.

Author:  trappintime [ 24 Oct 2016, 17:56 ]
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Never got fishing in September this year and fall has always been my time but a screwed up year can do that. Asked my boy Don if he had a buddy who wanted to waste a day chasing whitefish at near freezing temps. Answer was yes so Yesterday morning we left home with the boat at 6am and got to boat launch by 10am. Lake was still foggy as [L] but we took our time to get to the next lake which was a challenge as the water was down at least three feet. Fog burnt off and we made our way to the end of the second lake where we tried for the fish. The lads were getting a mite upset as I pulled in a fish on near every cast and I told them to pay attention. After I had caught enough for me I gave them my rod and took each of theirs to look at. One was brand new and had twine on it for sturgeon or something the other had old twine that curled up like a pubic hair. The lads caught a bunch of fish each before they decided they had enough and home we came. I had took the camera with to take pics but me lad had taken the card out for homework so no pics of the trip.

The fish put in a pail at home to be cleaned.
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The lads lined them up for a pic.
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Then after doing this part[which both lads got to do a third each as I believe they either learn to clean their catch or not go] we were done by 10pm.
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She were a great day and both lads said we should do it again if I will help them choose some line. Fun part was no gaming other than betting on which animal we would see next. I'll take a day like this over most any other as we was the only ones out enjoying the fall weather. I suppose most think fish hibernate or they were all caring for their lawns. :lol:

Author:  NonPCfed [ 25 Oct 2016, 06:14 ]
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Nice action tt!!! I think I've had smoked whitefish. I know people who claim its good grub!! Way to stock the freezer! What's happening with your waterfowl action or is that over...??

Author:  trappintime [ 25 Oct 2016, 10:09 ]
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NonPCfed wrote:
Nice action tt!!! I think I've had smoked whitefish. I know people who claim its good grub!! Way to stock the freezer! What's happening with your waterfowl action or is that over...??


I'm :shock: PC. You want me to jack a thread about leaves with goose numbers?


OK then. There are still millions of geese here and I saw many on my latest trip up North as well. Some have left for sure but not all. Numbers were very high this year and I just don't get into hunting them much anymore cause it's kinda/sorta like the fish in the barrel thingy. I still enjoy listening/watching them but it don't go much further than that.

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