There seems to be two different philosophies on the raking of leaves during the fall months.

The first is to begin raking as soon as the leaves begin to fall. The feeling from those who use this method is that  it is easier to rake small amounts of leaves resulting in less work overall.

The 2nd method is to wait until all the leaves have fallen, then rake one time, and only one time. Sure, they say, there is a lot more to rake and you work up a good sweat, but you do it only once and it’s done. There is also less chance for the raked leaves to find a way back into the yard on a windy day, only to be raked up again.


Luckily our city leaf pickup seems to understand the differing opinions and offer more than one leaf pickup day.

Me, being the lazy gardener that I am, am partial to the second method. Life is too busy to constantly rake leaves, so I wait until the large maples in front of the house finally shed all of their leaves then do one massive raking. It only takes a couple of hours then I’m done for the year! The leaves in the back yard must fend for themselves (I just call it mulch and let it go until spring).


My favorite method of raking leaves goes way back to a simpler time when I was a youngster. We lived out in the country so the wind just blew the leaves away into the woods. No rakes involved at all.

The only cleanup was the basement entrance; called a stairwell. Leaves would collect in there as far up as our knees. We would grab whole armfuls of oak leaves and throw them up and out on the lawn. The rakes only came out when we got to the bottom where the wet, slimy ones were busy composting.


Now, living in the city, I doubt if the neighbors would appreciate it if I left the fallen leaves lay, to dance in the wind and end up as a part of their raking chore. Today the wind is blowing hard and whatever leaves that are still on the trees will be on the ground tomorrow. I’d better plan some time to rake this weekend.


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Happy Halloween!




A visit to the Library from Lord of the Gourd, who carves pumpkins for the patrons visiting the Library.

Happy All Hallow’s Eve!

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Autumn Comes to Kazoo

Happy first Day of Autumn


Even though the days are warm, the nights have gotten very chilly here in Michigan. I am very unhappy when the weather is hot so this cooler season makes me a happy camper.

So, in celebration of the coming of autumn, I decided to post a few of my fall flowers. I haven’t had much time to spend in the garden this season; I  just keep popping back to grab a few shots before heading out to work or meeting. Since my camera is in the shop, all the photos came from my smart phone


I want my mum-y!



The smart phone does not give me an option to shoot macro, so often my closeup shots come out slightly blurry.

Happy Autumn!

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