A few hardy folks who live within a reasonable driving distance ventured to their camps early in May. They spent their weekends cleaning up from the hard winter that New England suffered through. Apparently, there were 3 failed attempts by Mother Nature to start spring but each time it relapsed into another snow. Very confusing for the spring flowers.
The last week of April, there was still snow on the ground in sheltered places. Undeterred, the cleaning up of months of leaves began.
By the end of May, the snowbirds began filtering in from Florida, South Carolina, and other warm-winter places. The lure of the New Hampshire woods is powerful. This is despite the fact that in the first few weeks, the peaceful retreat is rendered less peaceful by the loud electronic sounds of the leaf blowers.
The first few days are hectic as we check the inside and outside for damage. Any leaks? Any pests inside? Look for telltale acorns or parts of pine cones. Any damage from fallen branches or trees? We fill the refrigerator and cupboards with food, remove the dust covers, and unload the car or RV. We try to get the carport up early so pine pitch doesn’t get on the car. Pull the tarps off the kayaks and outdoor furniture. Spread those to dry before folding and storing them. Then the clean-up begins.
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Dennis wields the leaf blower, creating mounds in parts of the yard. I transfer the leaves into my collapsible tote which goes into my small wagon to pull to the roadside. There I dump the leaves for pick-up. If your area doesn’t have that service, you can pile the leaves in the woods as you clear your yard.
Now, green plants are poking up through the remaining leaves. My rhubarb plants are some of the earliest and they’re ready to pick. Native plants are in bloom like the lily of the valley and before long, there will be lady slippers in the woods.
Here are some of my tools for this project.
You can find most of these tools at the local hardware store or discount stores like Walmart or Marden’s or Job Lots. Sometimes, I don’t have time to drive from store to store looking for just the right tool, so below I’ve provided links to Amazon. You can read the reviews for the various tools there.
- I’ve had a number of garden carts over the years, but this Gorilla one is the strongest one yet. It has the capability to dump heavy loads like dirt and gravel.
- Previously, we had a battery powered blower, but it doesn’t have as much power as the corded one and sometimes ran out of power before we were ready to quit for the day.
- We have a standard leaf rake, but the one featured here expands and collapses for compact storage.
- I just added the hand rake last year and find it excellent for pulling leaves out from under the steps or removing them from around the plants without damaging those. My moss garden doesn’t like the blower, so I use the hand rake to gently remove the leaves without dislodging clumps of moss.
- The garden tote flattens to store compactly and is very sturdy.
- For gloves, I look for cotton ones that have the rubber on the palms and fingers. They don’t get soaked so easily when picking up wet leaves.
Gorilla Carts Garden Dump Cart with Steel Frame & Pneumatic Tires, 600-Pound CapacityBLACK+DECKER LB700 7-Amp Corded Blower63 Inch Adjustable Garden Leaf Rake – Expanding Metal Rake – Adjustable Folding Head From 7 Inch to 22 Inch. Ideal Camp RakeGARDENA 8918 Hand Rake Combi SystemGarden Bag – Large Heavy Duty Canvas Reusable Yard Bags – Collapsible Storage Comes Complete With Gardening Gloves