Cleaning Up the Leaves

Anyone with a summer cottage in the woods knows what a job clearing out 8 months of leaves is. Luckily we enlist the aid of a brother-in-law who’s quite efficient in removing leaves.

My husband likes to use the electric blower to get the leaves out of the flower beds. It works pretty well if he doesn’t turn it up too high and blow out the mulch too. Then we rake the leaves into piles. Brother-in-law Ray helps with that and fills the 30 Gallon Gardening Bag with the leaves.

I like the leaf bag or gardening bag as it collapses for hanging flat in the shed. When you release the toggles on the side, it springs back into a barrel shape. It’s made of sturdy nylon and has lasted for years.

Here's Ray's technique for removing leaf piles.

Here’s Ray’s technique for removing leaf piles.

Usually I tote the container of leaves into the woods to dump. Sure seemed like more leaves than usual this year and definitely more pine cones. The leaf piles are getting pretty deep in the woods. It worries me that those might keep the wild woodsy plants from sprouting. I don’t want to hurt the pink ladyslippers, the trillium, the rattlesnake plant and other native woodland plants.

When full, tilt the bin up and tamp down the leaves so they don't spill out as you carry it.

When full, tilt the bin up and tamp down the leaves so they don’t spill out as you carry it.

The camp looks a lot better with all the leaves gone. Now I can settle down to tending the garden and planting my summer flowers. Our chairs and fire pit are back in place and ready to use for campfires. Ray helps us get the cover put on the carport too.

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I'm a retired librarian...photographer, online content creator, genealogist, and writer. My passion is convincing people to preserve their family history and to write about their childhood memories.

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