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Somewhat related to https://coderanch.com/t/684423/Household-Waste.

Do you bag your leaves, or do you leave them to insulate the grass/ground during the winter and then maybe deal with them in the Spring time?
Today, I spend five hours raking and bagging leaves for curb side pick up. End result, 20 bags of leaves for pickup as shown in the attached photo.
It can be a lot of work to rake and bag leaves and then if their is some wind your lawn will get leaves again unless everyone else cleans up the leaves on their yard.

By the way, car shown in photo behind the leaves is a Smart car.
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The nice man with the mustache comes and gets my leaves. No raking. No bagging. At least on my part.
 
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I do bag leaves if I am feeling efficient. Then I forget them and two years later find leaf‑mould
 
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I just let them lie on the ground... Is that a bad thing?
 
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I run the mulching mower over them. Pines and oaks don't drop enough to matter, although I will rake up pine straw when I can because azaleas like an acidic mulch. Don't have enough maples to be a real problem. Gum trees drop leaves, but not enough to notice. Sycamores are the #1 pain and they're the ones I mow-mulch. Otherwise the fallen leaves will curl up like alien facehuggers and blow around the yard all winter.

Everything else is evergreen.
 
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We don't have that many evergreens round here; most of the trees happily shed their leaves at the first hint of cold weather.
 
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Jan de Boer wrote:I just let them lie on the ground... Is that a bad thing

I don't see how this would be too bad as this is what happens in forest since pretty much the beginning of time. It may not be the best for your lawn, but grass is very resilient.
 
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Many of my neighbours bag their leaves -- this morning I saw some of them doing it, and some houses had ten bags of leaves waiting to be picked up. Next weekend is the city's leaf pickup weekend.

But I don't bag my leaves because I don't have that many. Some of them I leave on the ground in the back yard, as mulch for the garden, others I sweep up and put into the green bin as compostable garbage. The ones from the sidewalk in front of the house are very small leaves so they get carried into the house on our shoes and eventually get vacuumed up when the leaf density on the kitchen floor gets too annoying (or we have visitors).
 
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I am like Tim, I run the mower with mulcher attached over them. We have a tree that produces black walnuts, and me being "naturally" lazy, I don't bother gathering them up. So when I mow over them the poor mower blades take a beating trying to cut them up. And then I wonder why the blades get worn so fast.......
 
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You're letting black walnuts go to waste? Really!

I used to live next door to someone with a mature pecan tree and it was pure gravy to me.

There's a gadget you can get that's like a bingo cage on a handle - sort of resembles a child's roll toy. You run that over the ground and the nuts pop between the wires of the cage, but the wires are too close for them to fall back out again. Just make a few passes over the affected area and you can pull in a haul without stooping. It's easier than re-sharpening mower blades.
 
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Tim Holloway wrote:You're letting black walnuts go to waste? Really! 


Laziness has caused me many unfortunate consequences over the years, you'd think I'd learn! But no... 
 
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Its best to compost them.
 
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Randall Twede wrote:Its best to compost them.


Yes, it is. In my case the city comes around with their big trucks, which take the leaves to an industrial-strength composting facility. Apparently they can even compost pizza boxes there!
 
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We have a separate day for yard waste, which is collected and mulched. And after Irma, there's been no short of mulching! There's still a big lot full of large logs across from the local library serving as a staging area. We're talking the size of a football pitch or 2 piled 20m high with storm casualties.

It used to be that they'd recycle Styrofoam cartons here and reject pizza boxes. Now they won't touch any form of Styrofoam, but they will accept pizza boxes.
 
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Pete Letkeman wrote:It may not be the best for your lawn, but grass is very resilient.


Mmm, .. maybe my neighbours hate me for it. They never complained to me about it though.
 
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